BETHESDA, MD (WJLA/CNN) – Thumping music led police to the modest split-level rental home outside Washington, DC.
The off-campus fraternity party hosted by American University students was more than residents of the Bethesda, MD, neighborhood were willing to tolerate.
So much booze was being consumed at last month’s party that Montgomery County Police said the air inside of the building tested positive for alcohol. The home registered a .01% on at least one police department-issued breathalyzer, court documents state.
For a person to be considered legally drunk, their blood alcohol level wound have to be .08%.
Police found about 70 underage people at the party, some as young as 17. Most attended AU. A Facebook invite promoted the “Tequila Tuesday” party, which has hosted by six members of AU’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
MoCo ?? bust Bethesda drinking party on Mass. Avenue:— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) December 19, 2017
•70 minors inside rental??
•Trash bags/insulation on windows
•Indoor air .01 on breathalyzer
•The six party hosts attend American University + are members of SAE frat
•All six facing 126 criminal counts + $315k in fines pic.twitter.com/VWu698rPsu
Inside, police found a house littered with trash bags, beer cans and liquor bottles, according to court records. The floor was noticeably sticky with spilled alcohol. The windows were covered with insulation, possibly to mute the party inside from the neighbors.
The six AU students who hosted the party -- Jeffrey Becker, Ashton Acosta, Anthony Santana, Kevin Alkinburg, Matthew Berger and Tristan Ralph -- been charged with 126 counts each of allowing underage possession of alcohol and furnishing alcohol to a minor. All of them are 20 years old.
They face fines of up to $315,000.
Police said Alkinburg, Berger and Ralph are on the fraternity’s 2017 executive board.
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