180 Charged With Underage Consumption

Newark – One hundred and eighty people were charged with underage consumption in Newark on Saturday.  Newark Police said that the incident occured at an unsanctioned fraternity party.


Officials said that the Newark Police with assistance from the University of Delaware Police, Delaware State Police, Middletown Police, and Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (D.A.T.E) arrested 180 people for underage consumption of alcohol at a residence, in the 300 block of East Park Place, Newark, DE.

Officers from the Newark Police, while conducting a pre-planned controlled party dispersal operation, observed a party at 302 East Park Place with approximately 200 guests attending.  Authorities said that alcohol was seen being freely distributed to the guests, many of which appeared to be under the age of 21.

Due to the circumstances, a search warrant was obtained which focused on providing alcohol to minors and underage consumption of alcohol. At about 4 p.m., officers from the multiple agencies executed the search warrant at the residence.

Between the different agencies, there were 180 underage consumption of alcohol arrest which included two juvenile arrests. One subject was found unresponsive inside of the residence and had to be transported to Christiana Emergency Room (C.E.R.) via ambulance for an alcohol overdose.

The residents of the home have been identified as well as their affiliation with an unsanctioned fraternity. Charges are pending for these residents. All people arrested who are students at the University of Delaware were referred to the UD Office of Student Conduct.

The subject that had been transported to C.E.R. was treated and released.

More details of this investigation will be released later in the week.

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