More than a dozen different police departments in a southeastern Pennsylvania county responded to a wedding brawl that grew violently out of control Monday night, according to reports. Police arrested seven people — including the groom — during the altercation in Ontelaunee Township, which reportedly began over a guest letting her 14-year-old son drink alcohol. UPI reports:
Officers from Northern Berks Regional Police were the first on scene, but they called for reinforcements after guests, some shirtless and bloodied, threatened them. Police from 16 different departments across Berks County responded and attempted to control the crowd.
Police say one guest was unfazed after an officer twice used a stun gun on him, and the groom, Nicholas Papoutsis, 31, reportedly challenged police to fight before being subdued and charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with the administration of law and public drunkenness. Emergency workers meanwhile treated his bride for alcohol poisoning and dehydration. The involved officers came from departments in Fleetwood, Hamburg, Penn State, Berks County, Wyomissing, Bern, Spring, Tilden, Reading and Muhlenberg, among other locations.
Four officers from Northern Berks Regional and Muhlenberg Township reportedly sustained minor injuries in the incident and received medical treatment at Reading Hospital. Police say the 14-year-old boy in question blew a .16 percent blood-alcohol content and told officers he drank two beers. Those blowing a .08 percent BAC are considered legally drunk in the state of Pennsylvania.
The Reading Eagle quoted Northern Berks Regional Police Chief Scott W. Eaken as saying, “Several people were trying to be a calming influence in all of this, but at that point, alcohol had taken over.”