A Louisiana State University fraternity brother has been arrested for his role in a hazing incident that landed a pledge on life support, school officials said.
Phi Kappa Psi member Terry Pat Reynolds II, 21, was taken into custody Monday on charges of criminal and misdemeanor hazing and of failure to seek assistance, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard III said.
The unidentified victim was unresponsive, foaming at the mouth and had to be placed on life support when other fraternity members dropped him off at the hospital around 3 a.m. on Oct. 19, news station WBRZ reported.
Hospital staff told authorities he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.451% — nearly six times the level considered legal proof of intoxication.
Detectives said they identified Reynolds as a suspect after reviewing texts from the students who brought the victim there.
The messages showed Reynolds had invited prospective fraternity members to his off-campus home in a GroupMe message on Oct. 18.
“If you’re not doing s–t get over to my place, need a few” the messages said, WBRZ reported.
“Hope you’re ready to get hammered if you pull up,” he added.
Police said the pledges who showed up were to drink booze then prevented from leaving until they finished entire bottles.
Witnesses said Reynolds also gave more bottles of alcohol to drink to those who didn’t finish theirs fast enough.
Later in the evening, Reynolds sent more texts that suggested that some of the pledges had been overserved.
“There’s at least 10 of them blackout they need rides,” he wrote, the outlet reported.
Police said Reynolds never sought medical help for any of them.
The victim has since been released from the hospital and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was suspended last week over the incident, according to WBRZ.
“The university has stated on multiple occasions that hazing will not be tolerated and the university acts swiftly when any hazing allegations are brought forth,” Ballard said in a statement.
Reynolds was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish jail, where he was released on $13,500 bond.
With Post wires
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