180 Underage Drinking Arrests at Off-Campus Party Near University of Delaware

Authorities charged 180 people with underage drinking at an off-campus party near the University of Delaware.

Newark Police and other law enforcement agencies joined forces to charge people attending the party Saturday at a house near campus. Authorities busted the party on E Park Place near Haines Street after getting a search warrant, said officials.

About 200 people showed up at the party, and that alcohol was being freely distributed to guests, many of whom were younger than 21, said Newark Police.

Police Lt. Bill Hargrove said the hosts of the party, who haven't been named, are likely to face additional charges. Police said the hosts are members of an unsanctioned fraternity called APES.

The university stressed the party was organized by a group with no connection to the university's Greek system or ant national organization.

One person was found unresponsive inside the house and was taken to Christiana Hospital for an alcohol overdose. The person was treated and released.

"The safety and welfare of our students is our highest priority," said dean of students José-Luis Riera. "Our primary philosophy is to help students be safe by promoting smart choices when they do opt to drink and ensuring that they know they will be held accountable for their actions if they consume alcohol under the age of 21. To that end, we provide a number of prevention and intervention programs designed to assist our students in making personal choices."

The university said it's committed to working with the Newark community "to ensure that the quality of life for both students and residents."

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