After stripping off his shirt, eluding capture by Camp Randall security and sprinting closer to the end zone than any other streaker in recent memory, a University of Wisconsin student was the Badgers’ Most Valiant Player in Saturday’s football game against Penn State.
Described as the “craziest arrest” the University of Wisconsin Police Department has seen this year, the last home football game Saturday saw a UW student strip off his T-shirt in an apparent attempt to streak across the field before being apprehended by stadium officials.
The streaker, Cade Peregoy, was cited for both entering the playing surface and underage drinking, UWPD spokesperson Marc Lovicott said.
UWPD is still trying to determine where he came from and how he entered the field, Lovicott said.
“[The student] somehow eluded officers and security and was almost able to make it to the south end zone … this hasn’t happened in years,” Lovicott said.
The citation was one of 18 made during Saturday’s game, according to UWPD data.
Over the seven home games, UWPD cited an average of 14.7 students per game, arrested an average of 14.4 students per game and ejected an average of 26.1 students per game. UWPD transported on average 3.17 students per game to detox with the exception of the first home game against the University of Michigan, in which no data regarding detox transportations was provided.
The highest recorded blood alcohol content level from a preliminary breath test occurred at Saturday’s game against Pennsylvania State University at 0.33. Six students were also transported to detox during the game, the highest of all home games this season.
Lovicott said UWPD maintained similar alcohol policies as previous years but was concerned about the high blood alcohol levels they had seen.
Lovicott said UWPD generally sees higher intoxication levels during the first and last games of the season. At the beginning of the year, there are new students that are adjusting to the environment and may not know how much alcohol they can handle, Lovicott said.
At the end of the year, people party harder and “want to go out with a bang,” Lovicott said. There is also a new population as much of the audience consists of people visiting over Thanksgiving, Lovicott said.
The game against Indiana University had the lowest number of incidents with five citations, five arrests, eight ejections and one detox transportation. The highest BAC level recorded for the game was 0.29, which was the lowest in comparison to all other home games.
Lovicott said the lower level of incidents likely corresponded with the bad weather that weekend.
“Weather absolutely will predict type of crowd we have,” Lovicott said.