Epic party fail? Nearly everyone at a massive house party near the University of Delaware was arrested for underage drinking Saturday, according to several reports. The 180 arrests included some university students.
Authorities told the Associated Press officers were patrolling an area of Newark, Delaware, when they spotted the house party. Alcohol was seen being openly passed around among the guests, including some who looked younger than the legal drinking age of 21, prompting police to get a warrant and search the home around 4 p.m.
During the raid, officers arrested 180 people for alcohol consumption, including adults under 21 and two juveniles whose ages have not been released. At least one person was found unconscious inside of the house and was taken to a local emergency room where the person was treated for alcohol overdose. The person has since been released.
According to Newark police department’s Lt. Bill Hargrove, the hosts of the party – which was attended by nearly 200 people – are currently facing charges. The residents of the home are members of an unsanctioned fraternity named APES, police say.
A spokeswoman from the University of Delaware said that APES was started by members of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. The University of Delaware Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter has been on suspension since last spring for hazing.
Neighbors who live near the house where the party was held told Delaware Online that the residents are generally very respectful of their community and that parties are only ever held on the weekends. The day parties happen just about every year, neighbors say, especially in the beginning of the semester.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 7.7 million underage people between 12 and 20 years old admitted to drinking more than “just a few sips” of alcohol. The organization also reported about 1,825 college students between 18 and 24 die from unintentional alcohol-related injuries, while 696,000 students between 18 and 24 have reported assaults by other students under the influence of alcohol.