The officers issued a total of 256 tickets, which is an increase of 89 tickets from last years. In 2010, officers issued 158 tickets and even less in previous years.
ICE, program, which began in February. ICE is designed to reduce underage drinking in three Indiana college communities—Bloomington, Ball State University in Muncie and DePauw University in Greencastle.
Police said a majority of the tickets issued at Little 500 were for alcohol offenses, particularly illegal possession or consumption of alcohol. Arrests were made for theft, trespassing, possession of marijuana, resisting law enforcement, false informing, furnishing or providing alcoholic beverages to a minor and public intoxication.
One Bloomington man was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, after police said he was found inebriated. Police said he consumed almost half of a 1.75L bottle of vodka and had a BAC level of nearly .50. Police stated the man told officers they saved his life because he intended to drink until he died.
Police said nearly half of people issued citations were not Indiana University students. They were either students from other universities around Indiana or visiting Bloomington for the week-long party.
“Excise officers focused their attention on Bloomington this weekend, when alcohol violations are historically high as a result of Indiana University’s Little 500,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “A significant number of those arrested by excise police had high alcohol concentration levels as a result of dangerous binge drinking this weekend.”
Those who received citations appeared in court Sunday morning for an alcohol awareness class or community service.