This archived article was written by: Seth Richards
On the subject of people desecrating our beloved campus The residential halls of USU Eastern have fallen victim to drugs and tasteless cross-dressing. On Feb. 22, at 1 a.m., allegedly under the influence of drugs, a 26-year-old Wellington resident entered Tucker Residential Hall to get warm.
Having finished a breakfast-at-midnight activity in Burtenshaw Hall, residential advisors Tammie Dokos and Chelsea Sorenson were putting food and cookware away in the Tucker lounge when a man, identified as Christopher James Farmer, followed them into the lounge.
Farmer, who was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine, was dressed in a woman’s pink and gray pinstriped business suit. He expressed a desire to get warm in the lounge, and when asked to leave, he requested to use a phone.
Tucker Residential Advisor, Matt Adams, offered use of his phone to Farmer and asked him to stay in the lounge while he, Dokos and Sorenson got it from his suite. Farmer followed them into Adams’ suite, where he pushed buttons randomly on Adams’ phone while Dokos and Sorenson called the police and Blaney Hanvey, residential life coordinator. Adams and his roommate, KC Smurthwaite, kept Farmer calm while waiting for the police to arrive.
Price City Police were the first to arrive, while campus officer Cletis Steele returned from helping suppress the fire at the Kosmack home in Miller Creek with the Price City Fire Department. Hanvey arrived soon after.
Police observed Farmer to have dialated pupils, rapid speech and animated actions when they arrested him for intoxication, being under the influence of methamphetamine, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
Searched subsequent to his arrest, Farmer was found to have two Ambien tablets and was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled and scheduled substance. These charges were class-A misdemeanors with the enhancement of being in a drug-free zone.
Adams, rather than be offended by the intrusion into his dormitory, was hopeful when speaking about Farmer. “I know a lot of people who have gotten into it [drugs],” Adams said. “So, hopefully he can take this opportunity to turn things around.”
Officer James Prettyman, campus police and residential life, applauded those involved in this incident for their actions. He also requests of those inclined, “don’t come to our beloved campus stoned and intoxicated.”