EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WPIX)—It was a prom they will never forget. According to police, close to 50 Morristown High School students were charged with underage drinking after their prom party bus was pulled over early Friday morning.
The bus, carrying 58 people, was stopped by a Bergen County police officer at around 4 a.m. while driving west on Route 3 in East Rutherford.
The officer witnessed passengers throwing debris out the windows which caused other vehicles to swerve on the road, county spokeswoman Sheri Hensley said.
When inspecting the bus, police officer John Baker said he found two makeshift bars serving up a variety of hard liquor and a dance floor, where according to Hensley, students were "doing the salsa." Nearly a dozen seats on the bus were apparently removed in order to make room for the dance floor, she said.
Of the 58 people on board, officials say 48 were charged with underage drinking and taken to Bergen County police headquarters where they were booked. 35 of the passengers were said to be between the ages of 18 and 20, while 13 were under 18.
The bus driver, identified as 31-year-old Robert Arango of Maspeth, N.Y., was issued several motor vehicle summonses, including failure to maintain a safe vehicle, officials said.
Arango - who was not drinking - was one of five adults also charged with allowing juveniles to drink. The adults charged included promoter Jean Balcazar, 28, of College Point, N.Y., deejay Ricardo Apontezayas, 25, of Worchester, Mass., and deejays Jorge Amaya-Pena, 41, and Ricardo Silva both of Jackson Heights, N.Y.