Blarney Blowout confrontation near Pi Kappa Alpha frathouse
In Eastern Hampshire District Court on Monday one of the more egregious Blarney Blowout arrestees, Zach Bodine, age 23, came before Judge Payne for a, hopefully, final disposition plea deal.
Zach Bodine, age 23
The prosecution read the charges to the Judge as though the case were going to trial: Mr Bodine was arrested at the "infamous Blarney Blowout" at the scene of the largest confrontation in and around Pike frathouse on the corner of North Pleasant and Fearing Street.
After police had given an order to disperse they came under fire from projectiles including cans and bottles, some of them launched from a 3rd floor balcony.
Mr. Bodine, who was intoxicated at the time, was given a direct order to disperse which he responded to by challenging the officers and then getting into a physical wresting match. He lost.
His court appointed attorney told Judge Payne the facts presented by the prosecution were indeed "egregious," but they represented an uncharacteristic, "once in a lifetime incident."
Mr. Bodine had been a UMass student majoring in Physics (with a 3.2 GPA) and worked as a PVTA driver, but dropped out last winter.
He would like to return to UMass and finish up his degree.
Judge Payne first asked the prosecution if the town and officers involved were aware of the settlement agreement? The ADA responded, "Yes".
The Judge then handed down the sentence: Six months probation with all charges continued without a finding, $50/month probation fee, 40 hours community service, no alcohol during probation period, and finally a $200 "restitution fee" paid to the town for police reimbursement.
Should Judge Payne institute that restitution fee on all 53 Blarney Blowout arrestees it would go a long way towards covering the $13,000 in overtime costs incurred by the APD that ignoble day.