It’s become an Arizona State University tradition for students to strip down to their underwear and run across campus on the last day of classes each May. This year, the annual undie run drew a crowd of an estimated 20,000 people at the May 3 event, as reported by The Phoenix New Times.
Yet this year’s undie run wasn’t completely crime-free. It’s been rumored that there were 12 arrests at the event, seven of which were alcohol-related. The arrests came after students were seen parading through the university’s Memorial Union. Assistant ASU Chief of Police Jay Spradling said through the Phoenix New Times that the students were seen tipping over trash cans and chairs, which prompted campus police to set off the fire alarms in the building and get everybody out of the building to assess the damage.
Events like the ASU undie run could be a good excuse to party, but don't forget that alcohol-related crimes can carry severe consequences in the state of Arizona. The ASU Student Legal Assistance office states that a minor in possession offense, for example, can be punishable with a fine of $2,500 and up to six months in jail. An open container violation (possessing an open container of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle) is punishable with up to four months imprisonment.
Of course, let's not forget about the crimes of disorderly conduct or driving under the influence, which carry far worse penalties. More information about alcohol-related offenses can be found through our Related Resource pages.