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Excise police make more arrests in college towns

Indiana State Excise Police, continuing a crackdown on underage drinking on college campuses, arrested 72 people on 99 charges in Notre Dame this weekend, the agency said Sunday in an emailed statement.

Excise police also reported arresting 23 people on 27 charges while patrolling around Indiana University, Bloomington, Saturday night.

Of those arrested at Nortre Dame, 41 were tailgaters charged before the University of Notre Dame's Saturday night game against the University of Michigan.

On Friday, officers arrested 31 people on 46 charges, including 18 adults accused of furnishing alcohol to a minor, the agency said. A similar sweep took place that same night near Indiana State in Terre Haute, where 27 arrests were made as part of the Intensified College Enforcement initiative.

A female juvenile tailgater at Notre Dame who fell down in front of officers had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent, according to the statement. She was arrested and later released to the custody of her father.

Also charged Saturday was an underage male who presented officers with a false Pennsylvania driver's license, the statement said, as well as the mother of a juvenile male tailgater accused of providing her son with alcohol.

In total during the Notre Dame crackdown, 45 minors were arrested on charges of illegal consumption or possession of alcohol, the agency said. Six minors were cited for possession of a false ID and two were charged with public intoxication, two with resisting law enforcement and one with a drug offense.

Excise police were working in Notre Dame as part of the new Intensified College Enforcement initiative. The ICE program aims to reduce underage drinking at or near six college campuses in Indiana: Ball State, Butler, Indiana University, Indiana State, Notre Dame and Purdue, according to the agency.

The Indiana State Excise Police is the enforcement arm of the state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. Although its officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol- and tobacco-related laws.