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Police Presence Calms Legendary Brent Road Bash

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The annual party in west Raleigh yielded plentyof citations but no serious charges, a sign that the Brent RoadBash isn't what it used to be.

However, at two checkpoints near the party, 234 citations wereissued Saturday night. Of those, 111 were given to North CarolinaState University students.

A Raleigh police spokesman says many of the citations were forequipment violations, having a light out or failing to changeaddresses on licenses. Eight were misdemeanor drug violations.

Of the 234 charged, 24 were arrested. Half were N.C. Statestudents, and 12 were charged with being drunk.

Police say they're not yet declaring the party dead. Next year,officers will read Web sites, examine fliers and chat with studentsto help determine how much manpower Brent Road will require.

N.C. State sponsored alternative parties in an attempt to draw students away from Brent Road. This year, they held a concert on Friday night. Saturday night was Austin Powers movie night at the ESA after the NCSU-New Mexico State football game.

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