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Portage cops bust hotel underage drinking party; one faces drug charge, report says

Portage cops bust hotel underage drinking party; one faces drug charge, report says

PORTAGE — Police busted an underage drinking party underway at the local Best Western hotel, taking at least 16 youths into custody, including a 18-year-old from Las Vegas on drug and resisting charges, according to the incident report.

Portage police said they responded around 12:30 a.m. Sunday to a noise complaint at the hotel at 6200 U.S. 20 and found a room occupied by a large group of young people and a portable table being used for the drinking game Beer Pong.

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When police set out to begin identifying everyone and checking for drinking, Xavier McElroy, of Las Vegas, began shouting loudly, "Am I being detained," according to the report.

McElroy claimed not to have been drinking and when an attempt was made to take him into custody, he resisted, causing a mirror in the room to be broken during the scuffle, police said.

Police said they found him in possession of marijuana and he was taken away, yelling profanities at officers.

McElroy faces charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and minor consumption of alcohol, police said.

Amaya Jones, 19, of East Chicago, was also taken to jail and faces a charge of minor consumption of alcohol.

The juveniles at the party were released into the care of their guardians and face a charge of minor consumption of alcohol, police said.


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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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