12 Cal Poly students arrested for suspected intoxication during soccer game

jlavelle@thetribunenews.comOctober 26, 2013 

Twelve Cal Poly students were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication during a sold-out men’s soccer game that packed the campus’ Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Friday night.

The students were taken into custody on campus and transported to County Jail, where they spent at least four hours before being released, said Sgt. Chad Pfarr of the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Students arrested on charges of alcohol consumption on campus can face disciplinary actions at the school, including being required to participate in an alcohol and healthy choices education program, Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier said.

As it has in past seasons, the soccer showdown between Cal Poly and arch-rival UC Santa Barbara drew a boisterous crowd that filled the stadium and spilled outside the venue. In the past two years, the crowd has rushed the field to celebrate a Cal Poly victory at the end of each game, so this year the University Police Department requested assistance in advance from city police to help keep order, Pharr said.

University police Chief George Hughes estimated that the dozen arrests were double the number made last year, but attributed the increase to more officers on hand, Lazier said.

Hughes said “this year’s game went better than last year’s overall because of better event management by both (campus police) and Cal Poly Athletics,” Lazier said.

The crowd also had no reason to flood the field for a victory celebration, since this year’s match ended with a 1-1 double-overtime draw.

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