Arizona State University police have arrested nine fraternity members suspected of vomiting milk from a footbridge onto the busy street below and causing a car crash, said Assistant Chief of Police Jay Spradling.
Two people were injured in the Sept. 22 incident on University Drive and it is believed to be tied to the hazing of pledges, Spradling said. He said members of fraternity Delta Sigma Phi were arrested days after the incident once authorities investigated the case. Most of the members arrested were pledges, but one was a pledge master, according to ASU authorities.
ASU officials stated they have a strict policy against hazing. The names of the students were not released by school officials or law enforcement authorities.
The pledges of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, who were allegedly being hazed by active members, were told to drink a gallon of milk, which caused them to vomit onto oncoming traffic passing under the footbridge.
Tempe police Sgt. Steve Carbajal said the vomit caused one car’s driver to stop, and another car smashed into it from behind. A woman and her 6-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries, according to authorities.
The woman and her daughter sustained minor injuries and she was cited for the collision, Carbajal said.
The students face charges of class-one misdemeanors and can face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail if convicted, according to authorities.
“Whether they get community service or large fine is up to the judge,” Spradling said. “It might not be as severe as jail time, but the judge can do whatever they want. First time offenses usually aren’t as harsh and we’re assuming for most of them it will be a first offense.”
The fraternity is subject to the Arizona Board of Regents code of conduct, said Julie Newberg, media relations officer for ASU. She said the fraternity is under investigation for hazing.
Delta Sigma Phi’s executive director, Scott Wiley, said hazing is not permitted and will not be tolerated throughout any of the chapters of the Indiana based organization. He said each situation is punished on a case-by-case basis, but it usually ends in removal of the member or members involved.
“We will expel those members involved in the hazing incident and put the rest of the fraternity on suspension until our investigation is over,” Wiley said. “They will also be required to attend safety meetings after.”
The students are expected to appear in court in the coming weeks, according to authorities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.