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65 teens detained at overnight 'after prom' party near Dewey

Deputies released this photo of the aftermath of a party near Dewey Saturday night attended by more than 150 teens.<br>
Courtesy Photo

Deputies released this photo of the aftermath of a party near Dewey Saturday night attended by more than 150 teens.<br> Courtesy Photo

A reference on Facebook to a movie about a high school party out of control brought more than 150 high school aged students to a real party on Iron King Road south of Dewey early Sunday morning, and led to 34 citations, mostly for underage drinking.

Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn stated in a news release Tuesday that deputies at about 3:45 a.m. received an initial call about a medical emergency, and several more calls about fights in the area of Iron King Road.

"As deputies began arriving, they found a very large after prom party," the release stated. "Deputies discovered many of the participants had been consuming alcoholic beverages and were attempting to drive out."

Some of the partiers parked their cars and fled into the surrounding area as deputies arrived, resulting in the towing of two vehicles. Emergency personnel took the male victim, the subject of the original medical call, to the hospital in an "extremely intoxicated state," the release stated. He has been released.

Deputies, along with offices from the Prescott Valley Police Dept. and the Dept. of Public Safety stayed at the scene through morning, detaining a total of 65 partiers, the release stated. All were under 21 and some were as young as 15. Officers did not allow anyone under 18 to leave until a responsible adult could drive them home.

The release stated that more citations involving littering and property damage are likely.

Deputies learned that the teens had planned the party in advance by broadcasting an invitation via Facebook coded as "Project X," the name of the movie about a high school party.

Bradshaw Mountain High School Principal Dan Streeter said the school is waiting to receive more information from police because they don't yet know if the partiers were Bradshaw students.

Watch for updates on PVtrib.com.

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