BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WANE) - Excise police arrested a record high 235 people on 285 charges during Indiana University's Little 500 events in Bloomington this week.
Little 500, which is modeled after the Indy 500, is the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. The race began in 1951 as a way to raise scholarship money for students working their way through college.
The number is up from last year, when officers issued 256 tickets. In 2011, 167 tickets were issued and in 2010, 158 tickets were issued at IU during Little 500 week.
Excise officers also issued 25 warning tickets this year.
Officers said the majority of tickets were for alcohol offenses, particularly illegal possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Other arrests made over the weekend included:
- Possession of ecstasy
- Operating while intoxicated
- Criminal conversion
- Criminal trespass
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of paraphernalia
- Resisting law enforcement
- False informing
- Indecent exposure
- Furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor
- Open container violation
- Public intoxication
Police said there was a notable reduction in the number of dangerously high blood alcohol concentration levels this week from previous years.
Excise officers said only one person was taken to the hospital after he opened the door of an unmarked police SUV that was stopped at a traffic light and got in the backseat. He said he thought the SUV was a taxi cab.
Police said the man had a BAC of .29. After medical evaluation, he was taken to Monroe County Jail.
Nearly half of those cited this weekend were not Indiana University students. Police said they were from other colleges and universities who were visiting Bloomington.
People who were cited this past week appeared in Monroe Circuit Court Sunday morning at 8:30. Most of them will spend the day in alcohol awareness class or preform community service work.
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