Tempe PD cracks down on underage drinking after student's death

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by Javier Soto

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azfamily.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 5:40 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A week after the death of a student from Arizona State University, Tempe police made a record number of arrests over the weekend as officers cracked down on underage drinking.

Officers made 237 arrests over the weekend of April 4, including 67 for suspicion of driving under the influence.

The increase in arrests came after 18-year-old Naomi McClendon fell to her death from a 10-story balcony in the early morning of March 30. Police said McClendon, an ASU student from Kansas, had been at an off-campus party hosted by a banned fraternity, which allowed attendees to drink all they wanted for $30.

Police broke up the party and cited seven attendees for underage drinking, according to investigators, but McClendon had already left. Surveillance video indicates she was very intoxicated when she approached the apartment building on the 900 block of East Apache Boulevard.

Tempe police warned after the news of McClendon’s death that officers would be cracking down on underage drinking to prevent similar incidents.

Sgt. Mike Pooley advised that anyone drinking should do so in moderation.

"The citizens are our number-one concern," Pooley said. "And the safety of those that are coming in, that work here, that live here, and our students are our number-one concern in the city."

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