Six minors and several others are facing citations and criminal charges stemming from an underage drinking patrol at Beaver Stadium.
According to police, the patrol took place during the Penn State vs. Ohio State football game.
Officers found six minors under the influence or in possession of alcohol. The patrol also found a large party selling alcohol.
In all, officers seized $200, four 30 packs of beer, and 8 handles from the group after successfully buying alcohol.
Criminal charges for selling alcohol without a license and furnishing alcohol to a minor are pending.
Penn State University Police released a statement today saying quote:
“We understand concerns have been raised regarding police activity during tailgate celebrations in one lot, in advance of the Penn State vs. Ohio State game on Saturday (Sept. 29). University Police wishes to reassure fans that officers were responding to the circumstances on the ground, which involved numerous law violations, including serious threats to officer safety within a disorderly crowd. Unruly individuals refused to disperse following verbal commands and at least one officer suffered injuries. It is rare to resort to these expanded interventions; however, when all other warnings from the mounted police unit and officers on the ground were ignored, a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter was deployed as another tool to compel the group to disperse and curb dangerous and unruly behavior. Following the use of the helicopter, the dangerous behaviors dissipated.”