Midnight was approaching Friday when University of Colorado patrol officer Emily Smyly decided to walk into Libby Hall on the Boulder campus.

The clanking of glass caught Smyly's attention as she listened outside the door of a basement dorm room. After feeling confident that the noises she heard were liquor bottles and shot glasses -- students under 21 are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol in the dorms -- Smyly knocked on the door and asked the residents to step into the hallway to investigate, she said.

After a distinct shuffle on the other side of the door, Smyly noticed, through the exterior window to her right, that a man was crawling out of the dorm room window and running across the field. 

Moments later, Smyly received a call from fellow officers telling her they captured the suspect near CU's Center for Community.

As she approached the suspect in custody, Smyly immediately recognized the 18-year-old from ticketing him 30 minutes earlier on campus.

"Hi again Kevin, remember me?" she asked.

Smyly issued the Boulder resident, Kevin McClellan, a minor in possession of alcohol (MIP) ticket when she said she caught him smoking marijuana late Thursday night on Farrand Field. 

McClellan was handcuffed and loaded into a patrol car and taken to jail on suspicion of obstruction of justice, said Smyly.

McClellan made a busy Thursday night for Smyly, who said the first couple of months of the semester are always more chaotic for university police.

Last year, the department received more calls in September and October than any other month. More than 3,300 calls in September and 3,434 in October kept officers busier than usual.

CU Police spokesman Ryan Huff said nice weather, little homework and the freedom of college increases the visibility of illegal activities on campus and University Hill.
"You have some new students, freshmen, who have a new sense of freedom and they want to explore that --which can include experimenting with alcohol and drugs," Huff said. "Along with that, if they're making new social networks and friends, they may be experiencing peer pressure to engage in activities that they may not normally be involved in."

MIPs, possession of marijuana and traffic offenses are the most common crimes throughout the year, Huff said.

Crime rates on campus and the Hill will calm down after Halloween, Huff said, with spikes at midterms and then finals week when students celebrate the end of a semester.

After Smyly's swing shift Thursday (5 p.m.-3 a.m.) started off slow -- which included warning two students who were illegally skateboarding on campus -- she finalized her shift with the last two hours filling out paperwork for McClellan's arrest.