Crime mostly controlled for Hobo Day

By MARCUS TRAXLER Editor-in-Chief


 While some partyers found themselves in trouble over the weekend, it was a mostly regular Hobo Day weekend for police forces in the City of Brookings and on SDSU’s campus. 

The University Police Department reported four marijuana drug arrests and underage alcohol citations in Hyde Hall early Saturday morning at 2:33 a.m. Criminal arrests were also reported in the Larson Loop early Sunday morning for driving while intoxicated and underage alcohol and a hit and run accident in the Performing Arts Center parking lot. (A numerical recap of the violations reported to UPD can be found on The Collegian’s Second Page.) 

UPD Detective Cora Olson reported that the weekend was “typical” when it comes to the annual homecoming celebration. 

“We had multiple traffic stops which led to DUI and arrests for zero tolerance, which is a driver under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or greater or any amount of drugs such as marijuana in their system,” Olson said. 

“One individual who was charged with public urination ultimately was taken to jail after he provided law enforcement with a false name,” Olson said. 

That incident was reported Sunday morning at 12:32 a.m. in the 1300 block of 12th Street. 

“The weekend wasn’t as busy as previous years,” Olson said. “However, it still resulted in many drug and alcohol related citations and arrests.”

The City of Brookings Police Department issued 14 tickets for underage consumption and two houses were cited for disturbing the peace.

Scott Sebring, assistant sheriff for the Brookings’ County Sheriff’s Office reported that the total number of arrests were down compared to a year ago on Hobo Day weekend. The arrests brought into the Brookings County Detention Center for the period between Friday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 6 including:

• 13 for driving under the influence (DUI)

• 10 for drug-related offenses 

• 1 for simple assault

• 1 for unlawful entry

• 1 for obstructing law enforcement 

• 2 for entering/remaining after notice

• 1 for tampering with a motor vehicle

An increased number of authorities bolstered the law enforcement presence in the city over the weekend. The South Dakota Highway Patrol helped the UPD, Brookings Police Department and the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.