Man poses as state police trooper at weekend party in Amherst

Staff Writer
Published: 1/30/2017 2:03:44 PM

AMHERST — Police broke up several parties and responded to a handful of alcohol-fueled incidents during the first full weekend of the spring semester for college students, including one in which an intoxicated man pretended to be a state police trooper.

Officers were called to Theta Chi, 496 North Pleasant St., at 1 a.m. Sunday after a man began threatening people when he was denied entry to a party, said Detective Nicholas Chandler. The man also claimed he was a state trooper assigned to keep students safe at parties.

When police got there, the drunken man, wearing a jogging suit and sneakers, complained he had a broken arm. Though there was no evidence of an injury, an Amherst Fire Department ambulance was summoned to bring him to the hospital, Chandler said.

At 12:44 a.m. Sunday, drunken people were found walking on the roof of The Pub restaurant, 15 East Pleasant St. They were sent on their way by police.

Police took a report at 9 p.m. Saturday from a man who, while getting off a Pionveer Valley Transit Authority bus at Mill Hollow Apartments on Summer Street, was punched by another man. The assailant remained on the bus and later exited it near the University of Massachusetts campus, but police have not yet identified him, Chandler said.

At 12:54 a.m. Saturday, a Harlow Drive resident reported a man was banging on the back door to her home. The man, who was intoxicated, told police he thought he was at a South East Street home, which is more than two miles away. Police provided him an escort to his home.

The biggest party of the weekend occurred at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, when 150 guests gathered at a Pelham Road home. Residents cooperated with officers in removing people from the location.

Police cleared out eight additional loud parties between 11:42 p.m. Friday and 11:01 p.m. Sunday.

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