Drug cause of student attack?

By Gary Brode | gbrode@wcia.com

Published 03/19 2014 04:21PM

Updated 03/19 2014 05:18PM

URBANA -- Police are seeing more and more of the drug MDMA on campus. An incident this weekend, involving the drug and a student got out of control. A freshman took the drug and it put campus workers and police in danger. WCIA-3's Gary Brode has more.

18-year old Ian Briscoe needed to be tased and taken down by two officers. Briscoe admitted taking MDMA. It's becoming a more popular campus drug.

"He was obviously on something."

Students who live in Briscoe's dorm say a resident assistant tried to help him.

"He came back to the dorms and apparently he was in the bathroom and that's when the RA came in and asked if he could assist him. Then, he basically just attacked the guy."

Police were called to the scene. When officers arrived, Briscoe was calm, but then his mood took another turn.

"He started toward the officer wherein the officer deployed his taser."


"The taser had very little effect. He was not feeling much pain whatsoever."

Even after being tased, it took two officers almost five minutes to wrestle the UI track athlete to the ground. UI Police Captain Roy Acree says MDMA is an amphetamine and can also be a hallucinogen, giving the sense of euphoria.

There are two forms of MDMA. It can be either Ecstasy or Molly. And, it's all too common at UI.

"MDMA and cannabis are our two most common drugs."

Briscoe received an order to appear in court. He's being charged with aggravated assault. Illini track coach Mike Turk says Briscoe has been suspended.

In 2012, among 18 - 25 year olds, more people took MDMA than cocaine. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says it's far less popular among high school students, but more than 35% of high school seniors say Ecstasy is easier to get.

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