Police: Winthrop student found on roof of building charged with underage drinking

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— A Winthrop University student was charged with underage drinking after police found her and a friend on the roof of an academic building early Sunday.

At about 4 a.m., a campus police officer spotted two women standing on the roof of the Crawford Building, home to Winthrop’s health and counseling services and Center for Career and Civic Engagement, according to a Winthrop police report. The women, both 19, climbed down a ladder near the back of the building to answer the officer’s questions.

The students told police they climbed atop the building because other people have been on the roof in the past and they wanted to see what it was like, the report states. As the students spoke, the officer was able to smell alcohol coming from one of them.

Both denied drinking, the report states, prompting the officer to administer a breathalyzer. The first student gave a breath sample but did not register having consumed any alcohol.

Before she gave a breath sample, the second student told the officer she had been drinking. Her blood alcohol level registered at .12. The legal limit in South Carolina is .08. She was charged with consumption of alcohol while under 21.

Both students were referred to the university’s judicial system, cited for “mischievous behavior.”

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