Frat Party So Off the Hook Even the Air Was Buzzed

Police say air in Maryland fraternity tested positive on Breathalyzer
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2017 2:00 PM CST
Frat Party So Off the Hook Even the Air Was Buzzed
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We've all heard of a contact high, but a Maryland fraternity's recent "Tequila Tuesday" was so saturated with booze that it raised the possibility of a contact buzz. USA Today reports that when police raided the Sigma Alpha Epsilon party in November, the very air registered a .01 on a Breathalyzer. Police were called to the party in Bethesda by annoyed neighbors and arrived to find the windows covered with insulation and bottles and cans littering the place. There were approximately 70 people at the party—mostly American University students, according to WJLA. Police say eight partygoers locked themselves in a bathroom when officers arrived; another jumped out a second-story window in an attempt to flee.

Police administered Breathalyzer tests to partygoers, who ranged in age from 17 to 20, as they left the frat, WJZ reports. A number of them apparently told police they would never attend another frat party. Six 20-year-olds living at the house were arrested and charged with 126 counts each of allowing underage possession of alcohol and furnishing alcohol to a minor. None would tell police how they got the booze for the party. The six men face up to $315,000 in fines each, though it'll likely be less. (Read about another totally wild teenage party.)

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