Dartmouth Homecoming Weekend Arrests Up Compared to 2015

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Hanover — More people than last year were arrested during Homecoming Weekend at Dartmouth, but numbers are still down from past years.

Hanover Police Chief Charlie Dennis said eight people were arrested between Thursday and Sunday on alcohol-related charges. There were nine total arrests this year — the ninth person was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, Dennis said.

Five people were transported to the hospital for alcohol intoxication; last year, seven were transported.

Last year, police made three alcohol-related arrests and eight total arrests during Homecoming Weekend.

In 2013, for example, 11 total people were arrested.

Arrests aside, Dennis said Homecoming Weekend, specifically Friday night, was “not the best.”

He said several students attempted to break through the barriers to “touch” the bonfire, something he characterized as a longstanding tradition. This situation got so out of hand that the fire department had to extinguish part of the fire.

Hanover police officers who have been in town for years called the situation “the worst it has ever been,” Dennis said.

“The arrest numbers are up a little bit compared at least to last year, but we had more issues with people trying to break through the (barriers) to go toward the fire, which created some public safety concerns,” Dennis said.

— Staff report