Rochester -Police broke up a massive party in Rochester involving an estimated 500 to 1,000 people Saturday night that resulted in five minor in possession of alcohol arrests and two people being transported to a hospital for possible alcohol poisoning.
Several hundred people ran into the woods when law enforcement arrived at about 11:30 p.m., said Chief Deputy Stacy Brown, spokeswoman for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
The party was apparently put together by an organization called "Project W," and drew hundreds of people from out of the area to Rochester, Brown said.
Five people were cited for suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol, including a 17-year-old from Lacey, an 18-year-old Olympia woman and a 17-year-old Olympia man. Also arrested for possession of alcohol were Cody W. Boerigter, 20, of Hoodsport, and 20-year-old Jacob R. Reddinger, of Kirkland, Brown said. Two others, of unknown ages, were transported to a hospital after police found them unconscious on the ground and unresponsive.
Firefighters also responded and extinguished a bonfire at the party, Brown said.
Organizers of the event told deputies they would not be returning to Lewis County because the sheriff’s office had "ruined their fun," Brown said.
It took deputies several hours to clear the area.