A birthday, an overdose and another Penn State fraternity facing charges

The Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at 328 E. Fairmount Ave. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
The Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at 328 E. Fairmount Ave. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Centre Daily Times, file

Another Penn State fraternity has been charged, this time in relation to a woman’s overdose.

State College police responded at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 11 to Alpha Sigma Phi where a 19-year-old woman was experiencing an alcohol overdose, according to an affidavit.

She was being held up by two friends on the sidewalk in front of the frat house and was going in and out of consciousness. Police observed a strong odor of alcohol on the woman who had blood-shot eyes and mumbled speech.

One of the woman’s friends told police she had been drinking at the fraternity, and she was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for alcohol overdose treatment.

The woman was interviewed by police at a later time, and she provided a written statement to police. She said in the statement that she and three friends were celebrating her birthday, decided to go to a party where they did not know anyone and were allegedly allowed inside without anyone asking their ages.

It was about 10:45 p.m. when they entered Alpha Sigma Phi, according to the affidavit, and were served vodka and soda.

Frat members allegedly served the woman more alcohol per drink, because it was her birthday. The fraternity ran out of soda at an unknown time and began to serve shots of vodka. The woman told police she thinks she had five drinks inside the fraternity.

Alpha Sigma Phi was charged with misdemeanor furnishing liquor to certain persons and misdemeanor selling or furnishing liquor to minors.

The fraternity has been charged before. The group pleaded guilty to various liquor-related offenses in 1999, 2005 and 2006.

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