Cops Raid Amish Party, Arrest 75 Teens

Undercover officer spotted underage drinking
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2016 1:05 AM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2016 6:03 AM CDT
Cops Arrest 75 Amish Teens for Underage Drinking
An Amish buggy rolls along Sportsman’s Road near White Hall, Pa.   (Jimmy May/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP)

Cops in Holmes County, Ohio, took the rum out of a lot of Rumspringas over the weekend with a huge raid on a party packed with Amish teens. Police say around 75 people were arrested for underage drinking after the raid on a field party Saturday night, the Daily Record reports. The sheriff's department in Holmes County, which has the country's largest Amish community, says 45 officers raided the party after an undercover officer observed the underage drinking, WOIO reports.

Police say there had been calls from worried parents about the party, which had been expected to attract around 1,000 young people marking the Rumspringa rite of passage, in which Amish teens are given more freedom than usual. The AP reports that 35 people under 18 were among those arrested for underage consumption of alcohol, and some were also charged with resisting arrest. There were two alcohol-related hospitalizations. (In upstate New York, there was a low-speed chase when cops spotted an Amish teen drinking beer while driving a buggy.)

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