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Apr 15, 2014 1:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Limo Driver Arrested For Transporting Drunk Teens En Route To Montauk

Apr 16, 2014 10:12 AM

A Hempstead man was arrested by New York State Troopers on Monday night and accused of driving a party bus full of drunk teenagers on Sunrise Highway.

Troopers responded to the rest area between Exits 65 and 66 on the eastbound side of the highway in Hampton Bays after a 911 caller reported hearing a female screaming at about 9:30 p.m., according to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon. Upon arrival, officers did not find anyone in distress—but they did find 42 intoxicated 16- and 17-year-olds inside a limousine bus, along with 100 cans of beer and several gallons of open bottles of rum and whiskey.

One boy was so intoxicated that he had to be taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital for treatment, State Police Investigator Michael Gould said Tuesday. The boy was released from the hospital after a few hours.

Police arrested the driver, 26-year-old Louis Guevara-Henriquz, and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Guevara-Henriquz, an employee of Farmingdale-based Coachman Luxury Transport, picked up the teens from Garden City earlier that evening and was en route to Montauk, according to police.

Investigator Gould said the owners of Coachman were cooperative and he does not believe they had any knowledge of the underage drinking before it occurred, nor did the parents. Owners of the business could not be immediately reached by phone this week.

Investigator Gould said he did not know why the limousine pulled off into the rest area.

The teens were all picked up by their parents after the incident, and Mr. Guevara-Henriquz was released on an appearance ticket and is due back to Southampton Town Justice Court on April 23.

The incident is still being investigated and further charges are pending, according to police.

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FWIW IMO driving a bus full of drunk teenagers to Montauk is a bad idea.

By user.name (46), the jungle on Apr 15, 14 1:48 PM
Ahh to be young and able to get a buzz off of 2.5 cans of beer per person.
Gotta love a cheap date
By Hambone (514), New York on Apr 15, 14 3:02 PM
The limousine company should have provided a chaperon or required at least one parent to ride with them.
By Duckbornandraised (184), Eastport on Apr 15, 14 4:06 PM
Good kids from up Island.They were NOT DRINKING AND DRIVING,What happened to the alcohol?I stopped at rest area not a BUD to be found.....
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 4:14 PM
prom time..this happens everywhere,,why do u think parents allow them to rent the bus??? do I condone it,,no..but its a fact..it happens
By Woods woman (145), East hampton on Apr 15, 14 5:49 PM
Exactly where are the parents?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 15, 14 9:57 PM
At home.Or on their own vacation. Footing the bill. buying the booze and the driver thinking their kids are safer.
By Woods woman (145), East hampton on Apr 15, 14 10:00 PM
16 year olds can not rent a bus, an adult must have been involved in some way or form. They are responsible for the trip. The driver is just that a driver, he is not checking ID's to see who is of age. Who bought the alcohol?
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Apr 15, 14 11:08 PM
I drive a Party bus in California and we do check ID if under age on bus no booze allowed if we find alcohol we terminate the ride immediately then we called the police and the parents
By Roosevelt (1), Fresno on Apr 16, 14 1:46 AM
Where in Montauk were they going?
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 16, 14 5:24 AM
If the parents would STOP trying to be their kids friends and not allow their kids to drink just because they did. The drinking age was 18 years ago not 21.
The Police should pull every Limo and bus over at Prom time that would prevent kids from getting sick or worse dieing. Drinking is so NOT important at this age we as a community need to put a stop to this nonsense. I understand there will always be a few dopes in the group but for the most part it is not needed and fun can be be had in so ...more
By mychildmatters (70), SOUTHAMPTON on Apr 16, 14 8:52 AM
Seriously? So 42 kids, all with awful parents. Do I have that right? Let's tell them not to drink and they will all listen. Just like we all listen to the warnings about texting and driving, being on your phone while driving, not speeding, etc.
Teens like to party. All you can do is try to help them make smart decisions. They will make a lot of bad ones.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Apr 17, 14 9:15 PM
Additional charges pending? How about 41 additional counts of endangering the welfare of a minor AND operating a motor vehicle with open containers of alcohol?
By Zorro (66), Southampton on Apr 16, 14 5:53 PM
The parents not parenting, and no one watching these kids is all the fault of the driver. How ridiculous.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 16, 14 9:53 PM
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As far as operating a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol, Limo's, Charter & Party Buses are exempt from that under NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law.
By shtpd176 (2), Queensbury on Apr 17, 14 12:19 PM
Because none of us drank alcohol at 16 and 17, right?
Should a party bus allow 40+ teens on board with alcohol? No. Will teens still drink? Yes. Where were our parents???
Assuming that the parents of these kids aren't doing a good job because their kids went out drinking is presumptuous, and displays an inability to recognize that teens have done things like this from the dawn of time, and will do things like this until the end of time. So to the 66 Billion Zillion Killion Mawillion parents ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Apr 17, 14 6:16 PM
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The party continued. We just stop getting invited. There's a lot of bad in the story above. Not condoning it. Silver lining here that none of these kids were driving. Responsibly bad teens acting like bad teens. I don't find any of this all that shocking.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Apr 17, 14 8:08 PM
The shocking part is the whole thing is being put on the drivers back. I think kids will drink thank God this guy was driving them. Give him a slap on the wrist and move on.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 17, 14 10:51 PM
I agree to an extent. The right move would have been to just shut it all down. You see things are getting out of hand with a bunch a drunk teens. You can't turn around and go back because you risk violence. Call 911, tell them the situation, ask for a rendezvous point where you can have them take over and you are removed from the situation safely. The kids in the back wouldn't know what was going on until the police boarded the bus.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Apr 18, 14 9:27 AM
Montauk used to be a nice family resort place for middle class and working class people and vacationing fishermen. Now it's full of drunks. Restaurants have turned into clubs, motels have turned into clubs and even the yacht club has turned into a drunken club scene with phony "charity" events that exist to sell tickets to parties where people get p:ss drunk. What a shame. This once nice town now makes it's money importing bus loads of drunken fools, many of them underaged, who brawl on the street ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Apr 23, 14 1:32 PM