A 19-year-old Arizona State University, or ASU, student, identified as Aidan Mohr by CBS News affiliate KPHO, was left at St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe, Ariz., unconscious in a wheelchair with a note reading, “I’ve been drinking and I need some help.”
Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Michael Pooley said Mohr and his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, were involved in a drinking competition during which he consumed 20 shots of tequila. Mohr’s blood-alcohol level was .47 percent, six times the legal limit for driving.
Police said Mohr was found by hospital staff members between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Saturday and was treated. Mohr was reportedly passed out, shaking and turning blue when his frat brothers left him with the note. The brothers initially wanted to take the student to one of their homes but were afraid of getting into trouble.
Authorities are now considered citing the student, who has since been released from the hospital, for underage drinking. Police said, though, it was not likely that the friends would be charged for leaving Mohr with the note at the hospital.
"When somebody is in a situation like this, they need to get emergency assistance to their friends," Pooley told the Associated Press. "If they don't, it is going to raise suspicion."
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Mohr told police the drinking competition was not sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity but rather was just a gathering with a few friends. The fraternity, the same one which 19-year-old Jack Culolias was drinking with before he drowned in November, released a statement following the news of Mohr being left with a note in the hospital.
"The Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters has learned of an incident in which a member of our Arizona Beta chapter at Arizona State University was given medical attention for alcohol poisoning,” the statement read. "National staff and local alumni leaders are investigating whether or not the chapter or its members had any affiliation with this incident, and, at this time, we have no indication that it occurred in conjunction with any chapter-planned event or activity. The chapter and its members are currently in recess following the end of the academic term."
Arizona State University mimicked these sentiments, listing the programs to promote healthy living and lifestyle.
"In recent months, there have been several unrelated, off-campus incidents involving ASU students and alcohol abuse. ASU takes all such incidents very seriously and takes disciplinary action in these incidents, where appropriate. When the incidents happen off campus, as these have, the ASU Police Department and the Dean of Students Office work collaboratively with City of Tempe officials and the Tempe Police Department to respond. Tempe Police are in charge of this investigation,” the ASU statement read. “"These handful of recent incidents are not indicative of the more than 73,000 ASU students who work and study diligently and stay out of trouble. The university has zero tolerance for actions that put students at risk or are in violation of state and federal law.”