Police say alcohol suspected in Worth Hills crash


    A male TCU student was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after the truck he was driving crashed into a construction site near campus.

    The student, police identified as Michael Eugene Tomlin and a passenger, Elizabeth Deans, who does not attend TCU, were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital to be treated for minor bruises and abrasions.

    Lisa Albert, Director of Communications, said any student found in violation of the student code of conduct is subject to a hearing and a disciplinary process on campus, separate and apart from any legal discipline faced off campus.

    According to the TCU Student Handbook, being intoxicated is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Any student whose behavior evidences drunkenness on the campus will be in violation of the university’s policy, and is subject to the sanctions under the policy.

    Those sanctions, in accordance with Texas state law, state that a driving while intoxicated charge is classified as anywhere from a Class B misdemeanor to a Third Degree Felony. The minimum punishment is 72 hours to 180 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,000, or both. The maximum punishment is two to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

    The truck destroyed a portion of fencing around the site just south of the West Berry Street and Stadium Drive intersection. According to TCU Police Officer Kevin Foster, around 1 a.m. the black truck came around the corner and veered out control, crashing through the sections of fence, through the construction site, and ended up in the mud.

    The fenced-in site the truck ran into was a part of the construction area of the new upperclassman dorms being built on Worth Hills.

    Jake Harris and Liliana Lamas contributed to this report.

    This story was updated at 6:34 p.m.