Police: 8 Teens Kicked Off Party Bus Hit With Alcohol-Related Charges On Palisades Parkway

17-year-old driver from New City accused of driving while impaired by alcohol — Clarkstown school district investigating drinking after Clarkstown South Junior Ball.

Eight Clarkstown teenagers ranging in age from 14 to 17, who were kicked off a party bus because of their behavior, face alcohol-related charges in New Jersey after they were pulled over on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in a jam-packed car that was spotted moving erratically, according to police.

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police said the teens took to the road in hopes of reaching a party boat on Long Island after a high school dance event Saturday night. However, police said the 17-year-old driver from New City was found to be impaired by alcohol and his seven passengers had all been drinking.

All eight now have a date in Bergen County, NJ, Family Court.

Clarkstown school officials also said on Tuesday they are investigating reports of drinking by students following Clarkstown South's Junior Ball on Saturday and before they boarded a party bus.

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Lt. Michael J. Coppola said Police Officer Gregory Kimbro Jr. was heading south on the parkway at about 1:55 a.m. Sunday when he spotted a silver 2002 Ford Taurus occupied by numerous people swerve over lane markings on the parkway. Kimbro stopped the car in the Alpine, NJ, section of the parkway near the Exit 4 interchange.

Coppola said that as Kimbro approached the Taurus he spotted eight juveniles in the car. When a passenger opened a window, Kimbro reported he was struck with an overwhelming odor of alcohol.

As Kimbro began removing the teens from the Taurus he found one of them was curled up on the front floor of the car, under the dashboard, partially asleep. 

Once out of the vehicle, Kimbro began interviewing the teens and learned they were coming from a high school dance event and they had been forced off of a party bus due to their conduct — and they were in the Taurus trying to get to a party boat on Long Island.

Coppola said Police Officer Jeffrey Kimbro conducted field sobriety exams on the driver and determined that he was impaired due to alcohol. The driver was arrested and the remaining seven teens were also arrested for under-aged alcohol consumption. 

The driver later tested to have .06% blood alcohol content, which is .05% above the legal limit for a juvenile in New Jersey, according to police..

In addition to the 17-year-old driver from New City, charged were:

A 17-year-old boy from New City

Two 16-year-old boys from New City

A 15-year-old girl from New City

Two 15-year-old girls from West Nyack

A 14-year-old girl from New City

Police said they did not release the names of the eight teens because of their ages. All were released to family members.

Clarkstown police said they had information that a party bus left from Palisades Center mall in West Nyack on Saturday, however, the bus driver apparently returned to the mall because he refused to carry some of the passengers due to their conditions. But Clarkstown police also said they have no detailed information about the trip or how it was organized.

Clarkstown police said they have not received any complaints related to the party bus as of Tuesday afternoon.

The problems after the Junior Ball comes on the heels of a similar incident in October 2011 following Clarkstown North's Homecoming. Reports of students drinking alcohol and getting ill prompted school officials and police to reach out to parents, and led to increased scrutiny of the next homecoming event, for Clarkstown South High School.

LookWho'sTalking March 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Tony T- I believe I said "one mistake" not "on mistake". Sorry I like to make every comment a learning experience :) Also when you want to put an ellipsis to add dramatic effect you use three periods and a space. Like so... Thanks!
Tony T March 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM
LookWho's Talking....thank for the grammar check. Unfortunately that is no defense for the parent's involved that let this mess happen. I hope you are not a teacher or school administrator and if you are, after your comment, I know why the schools are so out of control on so many levels.
Robert Ward Kurkela July 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM
The purpose of the Clarkstown Community Task Force is to stop incidents like this one from happening. The Task Force has been in existence since 1997 and received over $1 million in grants. What have they accomplished? For that matter, did they respond at all to this incident? It seems like the drinking has been getting worse and not better in the district. I think it is time to change the leadership of the Task Force and also address where exactly they spent $1 million.
Watchdog July 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I never heard of this task force. Perhaps PATCHreaders need to be enlightened? How about an article Kim or Bill on this Task Force? What does it do? WHO are the members?
Jonathan Swift July 27, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The Task Force started in 1997 as a CCSD group to allegedly keep kids sober. Former board president Lorette Adams has been the only chairperson since 1997. She hasn't been on the board of education for a few years now. She has her meetings at the West Nyack Free Library which has nothing to do with the district. Why? The group is NOT a non-profit yet is is now being connected to Ms. Adams' Coalition for Youth which IS a non-profit. The grants the Task Force receive go into the district's general fund, I believe. The people receiving the grants are district employees and appear to be being paid on top of their salaries. Red flag for double dipping? The group has never had to answer to anyone as to what they do with the monies. The grants aren't being used to help defray the costs of the trips the group sponsors because the parents are sending in checks for the kids when they go, such as the recent trip to Zarkana in June. Some trips have included Broadway shows and sporting events. When Ms. Adams was board president she was simultaneously chairperson of the Task Force and approved the grants for her own group! If you want to see the members and read up more on the Task Force here is the link: http://www.ccsd.edu/community.cfm?subpage=154 Did the Task Force get involved with the incident this article speaks of? Isn't that the purpose of this group, to educate & prevent this from happening? I highly recommend the Patch look into the Task Force asap!


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