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Police prep for finals week

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Cedar Falls Police are preparing for finals week – just like a lot of college-town departments.

After finals, some students hit the bars to blow off steam, and with thousands on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, there's bound to be a few that celebrate a little less than responsibly.

“Well, you see some altercations on the street, some hit-and-runs, public intoxication charges, even some where people enter homes that aren't theirs,” said Chief Jeff Olson of Cedar Falls Police.

It's often a case of mistaken real-estate identity, and one that comes with a surprise for the actual resident. Olson said it happened twice in November – students wandered their way home, but to the wrong house. Just this week, an Iowa City man was arrested, accused of entering the wrong home, and trying all the doorknobs on the block. He was charged with public intoxication, which is common, Olson said.

“We've even had some where people return to their home and discover someone sleeping on a couch or someone sleeping in their bed,” he said. “It's really something you wouldn't imagine that would happen very much, but it happens more than we thought it could.”

Olson said often these suspects aren't charged with breaking and entering, since they don't intend to rob the house.

Still, at best, crashing on the wrong couch can land you with a confusing morning. And worst – a public intox charge. So before winter break, Olson had a tip – a Christmas gift, if you will.

“Moderate your drinking,” he said. “You'll find yourself in a lot more control of what you choose to do or not do if you moderate your drinking.”

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