Insane Frat Party Gets Host Up to $275K in Fines

Even the home's air failed a breath test
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2016 5:44 PM CST
Insane Frat Party Gets Host Up to $275K in Fines

We hope it was worth it. A 22-year-old student of American University is facing up to $275,000 in fines after what police say was an out-of-control frat party on Jan. 15. Tyler Steinhardt, 22, ended up with 110 citations for allegedly providing alcohol to minors at a Bethesda, Md., residence that he leases, which is home to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Police say they arrived to find two males carrying an unconscious 18-year-old female who was making "gargling noises" to an Uber. She was taken to a hospital with alcohol poisoning, reports WJLA. About 30 officers "from all over the county ended up responding to help out to maintain control of this party," a cop tells WTOP.

As officers tried to enter the home, partygoers blocked the front door with a couch and hid in closets and under beds, police say. Cops say they eventually found 200 people on the first floor—another 50 to 75 were in the garage—with beer flowing through the floor and into the basement, per WUSA. Amazingly, a breath test for alcohol registered .09, a level above the state's legal limit for driving, in the air. At least Steinhardt isn't alone in his legal troubles: Fraternity president Jamieson Tymann, 21 was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer after allegedly punching a cop in the chest and eye. The officer needed stitches. Police say a robbery and stabbing were also connected to the party in some way. Each of Steinhardt's citations carries with it a fine of up to $2,500, but WUSA says he's "unlikely" to be hit with the full $275,000 penalty. (More fraternity stories.)

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