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17 Teens Charged, 4 Hospitalized After Police Break Up Underage Drinking Party

Ridgewood police busted more than 30 teenagers partying at a Rock Road residence just before 1 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Police busted 31 teens — 14 of them juveniles — for underage drinking at a Ridgewood house party early Saturday morning, authorities said. Four of the teens who had been drinking at the Rock Road residence were taken to an area hospital, according to Ridgewood police.

Police issued summonses for underage consumption and possession of alcohol to the 17 teens who were 18 or older, and detained the 14 teens who were under 18 until their parents could pick them up, Lt. William Amoruso said.

Two of the 17 teens charged with underage drinking — an 18-year-old male from East Rutherford and an 18-year-old female from Upper Saddle River — were charged additionally with obstructing the administration of law.

Amoruso said only two of the revelers were Ridgewood residents and that none were from Glen Rock.

Citing incomplete police reports, Amoruso declined to release any further details about the party or what prompted police to respond to the residence just before 1 a.m Saturday. He did say the incident was still under investigation and that additional charges are likely pending. 

Stay with Patch for more details on this case as they’re released in the coming days.

Melvin Freedenberg May 06, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Then explain the empty beer bottles and cans that show up on Saturday or Sunday morning on my property. Think it could be kids driving around and dumping the evidence before they get home? Highly likely.
Melvin Freedenberg May 06, 2013 at 12:52 PM
When we came to live in Ridgewood, 37 years ago, somebody said, that we will be amazed at the number of liquor stores and churches. I am still trying to figure that one out. Just seems ironic to me.
But kids around the world are more mature than ours - they certainly aren't nannied and pampered like the ones here. They can drink responsibly and not make complete fools of themselves.
Ridgewood doesn't have that many liquor stores AFAIK. Churches, yup - but not liquor stores. Wallington - now that place has liquor availability!
Pro Low Sipper May 06, 2013 at 07:54 PM
This party in Ridgewood, only 2 people busted went to Ridgewood highschool. This party consisted of people who went to a magnet highschool ranked top 2 in New Jersey and within top 50 in the nation. Most the people at this party are going to ivy league or top 30 schools. The average SAT at this party was probably a 2100 and this is no exaggeration. These kids worked their asses off for 4 years, and most this was their first party to finally let loose and have some fun. The music wasn't that loud either, as you saw in the video the neighbor didn't even wake up. Apparently a cop was just observing outside waiting for a chance to come in. The 4 kids hospitalized weren't even that bad of a case, they were just drunk. Nothing a bottle of water and a good nights sleep wouldn't fix. These kids are going to go far in life, much farther than all of these commentators. It's no problem to have some fun once in a while.
Ex Rocker May 06, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Kristen. I don't think any of us would worry if our youth had a glass of wine once in their lives, or once in a blue moon. The problem is, kids don't do that. They over do everything, and they over do it often. There's the danger in trusting children who feel infallible, and set their cares to the wind. Therein lies the corilation with restricting alcohol and not the morning after pill. Get a script for it...no problem, they cannot over do it then. Leaving it up to chance that it won't be abused, that's my concern. Worryingly, doctors admit they don’t know the long‑term health risks of taking this heavy-duty dose of hormones regularly. Dr Clare Gerada, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, says that because its manufacturers have never marketed the morning-after pill as a regular contraceptive method, there have been no studies into the long-term effects of taking it repeatedly.
jp1 May 06, 2013 at 09:33 PM
How many liquor are there and how much is to many?
Anonymous May 07, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Although I agree that the drinking age should be 18, I think this is becoming a bigger deal than it should. Underage drinking will always exist, no matter how hard some parents try to eliminate it. Not that this behavior should be encouraged (it is illegal, after all), but my biggest issue with this whole scenario is the fact that it was handled so rashly that Ridgewood ended up on the evening news again. From a legal standpoint, the kids under 18 need to be released to their parents, and I'm not arguing against that. But are you really going to cuff the other half of the party and cause a huge scene? A better solution would be to take everyone's car keys back to the station for a night and send the 18 year-olds home on foot. These kids are considered adults in almost every aspect of the law, and after reading the comments especially it sounds like they are all pretty smart young adults; maybe it's time they were treated like it.
NotHappyRWD May 07, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Pro Low Sipper, I'm afraid you're sorely mistaken. You're obviously from this magnet high school, and you obviously danced around the name (Bergen County Academies for those playing the home game). Yeah, I'm aware of the school's reputation, but this just shows that you're still irresponsible teenagers. I spoke to a witness, a cop, and a member of one of the medical teams there - if you don't think those students needed transport to the hospital, you're wrong. One was passed out completely, looked like they were going to have to help them breathe. A single cop didn't wait for the opportunity, they were called after someone fell from a window, and came in not in a show of force like you seemed to think, but with genuine concern for human life. Someone told me that cops said people weren't cooperating, wouldn't give their names, and even fighting them. You're trying to sweep it under the rug, and as much as you think its no problem, its an issue that has to be dealt with county wide.
Ex Rocker May 07, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I wonder if anyone reads a comment in it's entirety. I've read my post over and over, and it's hard for me to believe that the bright people on here couldn't comprehend what the hell I was saying, and catch the sarcasm. Maybe some just like to argue or insult? Anyway, let's move on.
Kristen May 07, 2013 at 03:56 PM
It must be a Bergen County thing, but what the hell do sat scores have to do witty drnk kids?
Mary May 07, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Pro Low Sipper—Really? It is ok to break the law because these kids go to BAC and are highly intelligent hard workers? Lest the police do what we pay them too. You cannot pick and chose what laws to oby.
Kristen May 07, 2013 at 05:23 PM
ProLowSipper, you obviously don't have much experience with either teens or the sort of people on this board. To see an adult venerating some 17 yo's SATs is weird. Most of us have accomplished a few things since then...just sayin'.
Ex Rocker May 07, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Don't touch a hair on these precious kid's head. This is the problem, they get away with it if some of these proud parents have their way. When the parents stopped working with the teachers, principals, and cops and started working against them, a lot of problems began. Are you going to follow them for the rest of their lives making excuses for them and showing their SAT scores and school transcripts? They have to learn there are concequences to breaking the law. Kids getting booz and having a party is as old as the hills, but before, they got in trouble if caught and now daddy calls a lawyer. I've got to live in this world with all these geniuses. Please stop screwing them up.
Ridgewolf May 07, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Sounds to me like some of these kids were mouthing off instead of saying sorry officer we'll be quiet and end the party. It was 1 in the morning after all and I'm sure the cops didn't just stumble on the party, someone must've complained about the noise or something else that was going on there. When I was a teenager and went to a house party the party was over when the cops came. If we left quietly we were free to go, if we mouthed off we were put in our place. Would it really surprise you if a drunk 18 year old said the wrong thing to a cop to trigger all of this? Once the cop saw a kid passed out he has no choice really. If that kid would've died the cops would've been held liable and it would've opened the door to a massive lawsuit. Blame the lawyers if you want to blame anyone. I highly doubt the cop is going to risk his pension so an 18 year old wont have to deal with mommy and daddy.
Sheryl May 07, 2013 at 08:09 PM
So speaking of Parents, where were the parents or owners of the home, and what do they have to say about underage drinking on their premises. You don't have to drive a car to get hurt from being drunk. Fall flat on your face in the bushes or sidewalk and you can do some nasty damage. Why aren't the parents or homeowners accountable. Were they not there, so they can't be responsible for what goes on? Underage drinking has a lot to do with Parents turning the other cheek, or being afraid their kids and their kids friends won't like them or think they are cool. The parents should be arrested, that will solve the problem real fast.
JT May 08, 2013 at 03:45 AM
I agree that parents shouldn't allow underage drinking, but you can't go arresting parents everytime their child drinks in their home without the their knowledge. Maybe they weren't even home. And kids are very sneaky.
disgusted May 08, 2013 at 11:44 AM
parents in rwd have been charged with providing real property for consumption. The cops have also charged adult children for the same thing when the parents are away.
JAFO May 08, 2013 at 01:35 PM
If the drinking age was 18 when I was in school, I would have been hammered for homeroom every day.
Kristen May 08, 2013 at 03:42 PM
You're responsible for what goes on in your own home, whether you're there or not. If you can't trust your child, don't leave them alone. And get a fat umbrella policy for when the law suits kick in.
Kristen May 08, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Teens today don't know how to cope with anything from adults other than a pat on the head and an affirmation of how "special" they are.
Kristen May 08, 2013 at 03:47 PM
ExRocker, I sort of got what you were saying. I just don't agree. It's widely acknowledged that Plan B has less general physiological effects than an aspirin does. Not everything is analogous to birth control or social issues. The argument isn't relevant to the discussion here.
Ex Rocker May 08, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Again I say Kristen, did you read my comment in full? Did you read the last couple of sentences where I said clearly, "Sorry, don't pay any attention to the above. It's off the topic, but it was one of those hard to resist kind of moments. Hard for me to reconcile the difference in my head."? I was venting and acknowledged that, so ignore me if you'd like, but no need to argue. No, not everything is related to birth control, but this has been prominent in the news, as a matter of fact, I was just listening to a report at the time I commented. As we discussed age limits here on this thread, I couldn't help but to link the two stories in my mind for that moment. It's that simple. Instead of putting a disclaimer at the bottom, I should have deleted the damn comment. Already too much time wasted on it when all it would have taken was reading it all the way through and moving on.
Ex Rocker May 08, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Part 2. I also was quite clear on a later post that having one drink won't hurt anyone. It's the over doing that kids do by nature that's the problem with under age drinking, and why it's restricted by law. I posted info to you that the morning after pill has never been tested when frequent use occurs. Also, with no script required, doctors have no opportunity to test sexually active children for disease which can possibly kill them or make them sick at the very least. An awful lot of young girls have been hesitent to engage in sex because of the fear of pregnancy. The morning after pill takes that fear away. Do we know that every kid will over do their drinking? No we don't, but we err on the side of caution. Do we know that every girl is going to use the morning after pill as their chosen form of BC? No we don't. Yet we don't err on the side of caution there. Why? Will they still feel the need of condoms for disease provention? I don't know. Guys can be very persuasive. Much like they are when they are offering the young/eager to impress the older boys/girls booz. Give them a script and an examination to see if they are healthy...Go for it. I had no intention of getting into this here, but you brought up the safety of this pill. We can debate this at another time, but until then, please read all of my comments completely before you respond. We candisagree, but I don't see the need to argue.
Phil Brooks May 09, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Two days after the fact, Aladdin, but I was referring to OUR kids. If our kids can head off to war, certainly they should be able to drink legally.
Phil Brooks May 09, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Sorry you missed out on 18 being the legal drinking age. But, I presume you're over 21, so you can legally go to work hammered every day--assuming you can still hold a job, of course. At least it'll make up for the years you couldn't go to school snockered.
disgusted May 09, 2013 at 01:44 PM
When I was in highschool it was not unusual for some kids to go to stasny's for lunch have a few beers and come back to school for 9th and 10th period, or walk up to hardings get a couple quarts and drink them behind the bleachers.The drinkin age was 18 so it was legal, but I dont thiknk it did anyone any good, the amont of serious motor vehicle accidents was shocking . The area in the late 60's and 70's suffered alot of death by auto I think if the drinking age was lowered the numbers would rise again.
Pro Low Sippa May 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM
To address those who are saying SAT averages aren't excuses for wrongdoings in life, I completely agree. I just made that statement to note that these kids aren't the average hooligan, they are smart, caring kids. They do community service on a daily basis, tutor young students for free and run various clubs. I personally volunteer at my local hospital every weekend, run a club that meets with autistic kids every month, and I'm also a student teacher. I was present at this party but left early, so I'd think I'd know more than you about the sequence of events. No one fell from a window, an article itself out there says "climbing or falling". How can you mess these two things up? And "one wasn't passed out completely". The kids here werent in terrible states these articles make it out to seem. Not one of the 4 kids sent to the hospital had their stomachs pumped. They were all given a simple IV to speed up the sobering process, and that's it. There was one kid who wasn't cooperating by not giving out his name, but this is only because he wasn't thinking straight. There was no fighting or arguiing. This was a quiet and controlled party. And these articles out there lie, saying "half the kids there were handcuffed". Only that one kid who was disobedient was handcuffed, no one else. The media always exaggerates. When the cops arrived, everyone was obedient and followed all directions. So please get your facts straight before you go off on a rant.
JT May 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Depending on the cop, it wouldn't surprise me if nothing triggered it. Some of the cops in town are great guys, but some just are out to get these kids. I do agree with you about the legal system in this country though!
JT May 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Maybe make it 19. If you're making a stiff penalty for 18 year olds, they would have to stop hanging around with half their senior class, as most seniors are 18.

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