Mankato Police say they are being distracted from other duties by police responses for intoxicated people complaints... 28 calls in the past four weeks alone.
Deputy Director Matt Westermeyer, Mankato Department of Public Safety says of those 28 calls… 40% were college-aged. It’s not unusual to see high blood alcohol levels of .2 or .3, and even .4 and .5 are not unusual any more.
In some cases police are tied up for hours when they have to drive an intoxicated person to another town for detox... because Mankato has no detox facility.
Westermeyer says every officer will be on duty this weekend for Minnesota State University Mankato's homecoming celebration.
The Department of Public Safety is asking others in the community to help them with the intoxication problem, because it is too much for the police, alone.