Underage drinkers busted at 'Project X'-type party near Dewey

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
Deputies called to medical emergency discover large outdoor party. By Jennifer Thomas Deputies called to medical emergency discover large outdoor party. By Jennifer Thomas

DEWEY, Ariz. -- Yavapai County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a male lying unresponsive on a road south of Dewey and discovered dozens of intoxicated minors at a large outdoor party early Sunday morning.

Deputies were called to an area six miles out from Highway 69 on Iron King Road at approximately 3:45 a.m. after initial reports indicated some type of medical emergency involving the male. Callers also reported several fights in the vicinity.

Deputies found more than 150 high-school students at a very large after-prom party. Many of the participants had been consuming alcoholic beverages and were attempting to drive away, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

Some of the attendees parked their vehicles and fled into the desert as deputies began arriving.

D'Evelyn said the male victim was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital in an extremely intoxicated state and eventually released.

Sixty-five participants, all under the age of 21 and some as young as 15, were detained.

Deputies wrote 34 citations mainly addressing underage consumption violations. Further citations involving littering and property damage are likely.

Deputies learned the party had been planned far in advance and involved students from most area high schools. Invitations were broadcast via Facebook and "coded" as "Project X," a reference to a movie portraying a high school party out of control.