On Sunday, Oct. 9th a non-student was cited for underage consumption of alcohol and trespassing. The officers determined she was intoxicated and proceeded to confiscate her car keys and then found prescription pills in the vehicle.
While the police were patrolling Founder’s Woods, the girl was found physically ill sitting outside of Valentine Hall. While speaking with her, the officers noticed obvious signs of intoxication. Her speech was slurred and they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from her breath.
When offered a portable breathalyzer, the girl declined and started to become reluctant to answer questions. She claimed that she only had one beer, but a horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) was performed to validate the officers assumption. When asked how she got to the campus, she answered that she drove and she had planned to drive home.
The cops determined the location of her car and they discovered the car did not belong to her, but to her boss.
Since she could not drive and it was not her car, the police moved the vehicle to the parking garage for safekeeping. Around 6 p.m., the evidence technician reported to work and performed an “impound inventory search.”
“Before we could release the car to her boss, we had to inventory all of her personal items,” said Chief Salantino.
During this search, pills were found. Research was done and found that the pills were for legitimate medical use. When the boss came to pick up the car, he explained that he was aware of her illness and that the pills were prescribed by a licensed doctor. Later, around 7 p.m., the young lady came to retrieve her belongings.
Chief Salantino explained it is the duty of the campus police to enforce public safety. He explained that Iif the female had driven home, she would have likely been involved in an accident.
Salatino explained that although she was not a student, her decision to drive threatened the safety of the public.