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Athens gameday arrests rise

Most cases involved drunken students, police say

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 12:33 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 4:41 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities this weekend made dozens of arrests surrounding Saturday’s showdown between the University of Georgia and University of South Carolina football teams.

Most of the more than 70 arrests were alcohol related and involved college-age students caught downtown with open containers or caught the attention of officers as they staggered down sidewalks or across streets, Athens-Clarke police said.

Twenty people were charged with DUI.

Though police made more alcohol-related arrests in the downtown area than on a typical weekend when UGA is in session, one official said the numbers were in line with a major gameday weekend.

“The scene downtown this weekend was crowded and boisterous, but that’s not out of the ordinary for when UGA plays a major SEC opponent,” said Maj. Mike Hunsinger, who commands downtown operations for Athens-Clarke police.

Enthusiasm Saturday night ran high after the UGA Bulldogs defeated the USC Gamecocks 41-30 on their home turf at Sanford Stadium.

The arrests were made by officers from both the Athens-Clarke County and UGA police departments, as well as troopers with the Georgia State Patrol.

Most arrested college-age people and booked them into the Clarke County Jail with addresses in Athens and elsewhere in Georgia; 10 people arrested over the gameday weekend were booked into jail with South Carolina addresses.

Most people arrested were charged with multiple offense, like underage consumption of alcohol, public intoxication and possession of open containers.

But there were other offenses as well, including possession of marijuana and controlled substances, disorderly conduct and urinating in public.

Hunsinger said that his department considers a gameday weekend to last from noon Friday until early Sunday morning. For that time period, Athens-Clarke police beefs up downtown operations with additional officers conducting patrol by car, foot and bicycle.

As with most weekends during the college school year, Athens-Clarke police used its prisoner transport van to shuttle groups of those arrested from downtown to the Clarke County Jail.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/09/13 - 12:43 pm
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Yes, and it's a known fact

Yes, and it's a known fact that the great majority of those arrested were profiled-Carolina fans! I mean, everyone knows UGA police will pick on the visiting team's fans! Best thing to do is to just stay home, otherwise you risk getting thrown in the clink for the weekend, or having your mother beaten up, or your child sold into the slave market!
You just can't trust the Georgia fans on a Saturday night in Athens!!

GO DAWGS!!

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 09/09/13 - 02:01 pm
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Drunks
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College should be about students and enjoying football is all about college. Drunks should have nothing to do with either. If the State of Georgia, the University of Georgia or the city of Athens had any interest in students attending school and graduating to a good job, they would close the booze shops for a few days before and during these games. Arrested for public drunk or having a DUI on your record is not the best thing to have on a transcript when looking for a job when you are too young to drink anyway. At least make some arrest of the shopkeepers selling to underage students.

csrareader
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csrareader 09/09/13 - 03:05 pm
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The tried closing booze shops

The tried closing booze shops in the past. It was called prohibition. Didn't work so well.

Old Augusta
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Old Augusta 09/09/13 - 03:07 pm
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The city of Athens always wants to have it both ways

The city of Athens otherwise known as Cal Berkeley of the South continues it's harsh over zealous tactics against the students,fans, etc. In the socialist liberal world of Athens politics, UGA football fans is just something they have to deal with. Hell, most of the locals don't even know there's a football game till the RV's show up on friday. But on the other hand, the city of Athens wants to bust every single student they can for underage drinking, because Athens is one of the rare places where you are booked as a criminal for having a beer in a cup downtown. This puts a ton of money into the city of Athens pocketbook. They have zero problem with allowing 70 bars downtown. They have no problem keeping out national retailers so everything stays local, even if that means every other retail space is a bar, but DON'T STEP ON THAT SIDEWALK WITH A BEER! They seduce you in, but will pounce on you with gestapo tactics to get that $$$.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/09/13 - 04:14 pm
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ut oh

Has anyone seen Riverman1?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/09/13 - 05:56 pm
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JTF...Haha

I tailgated before the game and ate in the on-campus hotel restaurant after the game while the traffic cleared. We didn't leave campus until 11. Then I was a passenger and not driving. That campus had more partying than I've ever seen. It was unreal. My only complaint is some of the groups could have cleaned up better. All our trash was bagged and taken away. That wasn't the case with everyone.

BTW, Clemson is now number 3 which is really thanks to beating UGA. If they run the table, win the ACC and are ranked number 1 or 2 and UGA wins the SEC, do you think it could happen? Wouldn't THAT be something.

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Bodhisattva 09/10/13 - 07:54 am
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Open containers laws are up

Open containers laws are up there with some of the dumbest on the books. You have 3/4 of a beer left and go to leave. Can't put in a cup and casually sip it walking down the street. Choices, leave a $7 beer on the table, or guzzle it. I'm betting most guzzle it. The same with places that won't let you cork a bottle of wine. Dumb.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/10/13 - 08:07 am
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@Riverman

Hey, yes, I have considered a rematch to be a distinct possibility. Lot of football to play first though.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/10/13 - 03:44 pm
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Spell check

Is "stagged down sidewalks or across streets" (in the second sentence) anything like "staggered"? Or were these male fans with antlers strapped to their heads?

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 09/10/13 - 01:16 pm
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csrareader
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I guess you did not notice the bars are closed on election days.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 09/10/13 - 05:31 pm
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I been to 2 cities where it's

I been to 2 cities where it's ok to walk down the street with a drink in your hand. New Orleans and Las Vegas. As far as I know, that's the only 2 where it is legal.

Old Augusta
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Old Augusta 09/10/13 - 11:39 pm
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Savannah has no open container law

in the entertainment districts just like the French Quarter

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