Police act against 'party buses'
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police and Illinois State Police have issued multiple tickets in connection with "party buses" coming to Champaign from other college campuses.
According to a police report, state police stopped the "Wild Nites" party bus at Prospect and Bradley avenues in Champaign at about 11:22 p.m. Thursday.
The report said the party bus was taking 60 students from Bloomington-Normal to Champaign campus bars.
After police conducted a motor carrier safety inspection on the bus, the bus was relocated to the Champaign Police Department parking lot for safety reasons.
During the safety inspection, police found alcohol on the bus and found that the majority of the occupants were under age 21.
Police then ticketed 51 people for minors in possession or consumption of alcohol, and one person for unlawful use of an identification card.
A 19-year-old woman was taken to an area hospital for what police described as "severe alcohol incapacitation."
After one person ran away from police, officers caught and arrested a 19-year-old Naperville resident for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, obstructing identification and resisting a peace officer.
Following the safety inspection, state police put the party bus out of service for several violations, including having the emergency exit on the rear of the bus bolted shut, preventing it being opened from the interior or exterior.
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District provided a bus for shelter for the students while they arranged for rides back to Bloomington-Normal.
Champaign police are asking that people with information about this or other "party buses" call Champaign police at 351-4545 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477 (TIPS). Tips may also be submitted through http://www.373tips.com or text by sending CCTIP plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).