party leads to arrests
Jennas attendance confirmed
By Ram Luthra
A TCU student
who is reportedly a close acquaintance of President George W. Bushs
daughter, Jenna, was arrested by Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission
officers late Saturday night for public intoxication.
Bridges, a freshman business major, and Jenna Bush were attending
a Mardi Gras party at a private residence located at 2737 Sandage
Ave. A charge of public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor punishable
by a maximum fine of $500.
several sources who attended the party, Jenna Bush, a 19-year-old
freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, was escorted by Secret
Service agents at the party.
complaints from neighbors about noise and public disturbance, TABC
Sgt. Robert Cloud reported to the residence.
was a routine party for (TABC) to check for underage drinking,
he said. We have been there (at the same residence) before
in prior raids.
the Tarrant County Appraisal District, Michael Lahoud, a sophomore
electrical engineering major, owns the residence where the party
was held. Although he said about 200 students were at the party,
he could not confirm that Bridges or Jenna Bush were at his house
time I saw (Bridges) was in the paper this week, Lahoud said.
I dont know if Jenna was there. My roommates dont
know either. If she was there, she wasnt there that long,
or we would have seen her.
a freshman fashion promotion major, confirmed Jenna Bush was at
his goal was to stop any criminal activities at the party and to
maintain public safety. He said he did not know the Presidents
daughter was at the party.
Cloud and other
officers arrested Bridges, 18, and two other students. One was arrested
for providing alcohol to minors, and the other was arrested for
underage drinking and possession of a fake ID.
was a polite man and very cooperative, Cloud said. He
was not belligerent at all.
taken to the Tarrant County Sheriffs Office at about 1 a.m.
TABC passed the case over to Sheriff Dee Anderson.
attempts, the TCU Daily Skiff could not reach Anderson for comment.
According to the incident report, Bridges was booked at 2:58 a.m.
Sunday and was released at 5:46 a.m.
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bridges was released to Secret Service
agents shortly after he made a phone call from his cell phone. Anderson
told the Star-Telegram that jail officials believe Bridges called
for Jenna Bush and her Secret Service agent.
said he did not see Jenna Bush at the party, sources confirmed her
A TCU student
who asked to remain anonymous attended the party and said she saw
Jenna Bush at the party, but did not see her consuming any alcohol.
The student said Jenna had come to TCU to visit a friend for the
time I saw her was when she first came (to the party), she
said. One of my sorority sisters pointed her out in the crowd,
and I noticed the resemblance (to President Bush) right away. Later,
I saw her, but I was too far away to see if she was drinking.
not be reached for comment Thursday, but he told the Star-Telegram
Wednesday night the incident was not a big deal and added: I
guess I really dont want to say anything else.
and Bridges both graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in
Austin in 2000.
Senior Reporter Melissa DeLoach contributed to this report.