Fresno State Frat Members Reportedly Blocking Alcohol Death Probe
FRESNO (CBS/AP) — Members of a Fresno State fraternity where a teen drank himself to death are refusing to cooperate with police, according to authorities.
The Fresno Bee cited a search warrant, in which a detective says fraternity members refused to answer questions.
The court document, released Tuesday, indicated that Theta Chi pledges were taken to an off-campus room for initiation on Aug. 31 and told they couldn’t leave until they finished several bottles of liquor.
Eighteen-year-old Philip Dhanens passed out and later died. The coroner’s office found that he had a blood-alcohol level of .36 — nearly five times the legal driving limit.
The paper says Theta Chi officials couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday. The fraternity’s international headquarters has suspended the Fresno State chapter.
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