WSFA now reports that 60 individuals were arrested for charges stemming from underage drinking to distribution to minors. A Troy spokesman told WSFA that it is a school policy to have university police officers at sanctioned social events.
The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity has been suspended temporarily, the report says.
The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, based on the Troy University campus, hosted a party at The Pines Restaurant, where police arrived on a tip that minors were drinking alcohol, WSFA reported on Wednesday. Those arrested include a 16-year-old and 17-year-old, along with Troy football and women’s basketball players.
The Troy Messenger reports that others were charged with distribution of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of marijuana. More than 300 people attended the party.
Troy University has temporarily suspended a fraternity pending its investigation into an ABC raid at an off-campus party that led to more than 50 arrests.
UPDATEHerbert Reeves, dean of students at Troy, said “a little over half” the 50 people arrested early Wednesday were either Troy students or those scheduled to begin classes in the fall. The individuals were arrested after the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control board raided a party at The Pines restaurant in downtown Troy. The party, reportedly hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, had been approved by the university, Reeves said.
“It was a social event for the fraternity,” he said. “Any time a there’s an official function or we approve an event, we ask them to abide by the laws of the state.”
Lt. Thomas Price of the ABC said agents received a call a call Tuesday night that minors were consuming alcohol at a party at The Pines restaurant.
“Within two minutes of our going in the front door, we arrested the first person,” Price said about 7 a.m. Wednesday. “And we’re still counting.”
Originally, Price reported that some 75 people had been arrested. By midday, Troy Police said 50 people had been charged with 51 offenses. Most were minor in consumption, although one individual was also charged with a felony drug charge.
Price said early Wednesday he believed more than 300 people attended the party, although that number has not been confirmed.
“They were upstairs, downstairs, outside … even on the roof,” Price said, explaining that four individuals fled to the rooftop when the raid began. “Unfortunately, they couldn’t get back down the hole they used to get up on the roof, so we had to call in the City of Troy ladder truck to help them get down.”
In the state of Alabama, residents must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcohol. Price said anyone under of the age of 21 who registered more than 0.00 when the breath tests were administers was charged with consumption. While he didn’t release names of those charged, Price said the arrests included Troy University football players and female basketball players. He also said two juveniles – ages 16 and 17 – were involved in the raid.
“It was a dangerous situation,” Price said.
Reeves said the university was still investigating to determine which students were involved in the incident. Any who were charged would face the same disciplinary action, he said, which could include probation.
“We’re disappointed in the fact that a situation like this has happened,” Reeves said. “Our stance is that we ask our students to comply with the laws of Alabama.”
Price said the agency would pursue disciplinary action against the chapter and restitution for expenses incurred with the use of the city fire truck.
The Pines Restaurant could face citations, as well, Price said.
Price said the bust “is the largest in my 18 years with the state ABC board.”
Chief Anthony Everage of the Troy Police said those charged in the bust were being processed and released from the city jail early Wednesday morning.
Sources:WFSA Troy Messenger