Underage Drinking Party Leads to DUI Charges for Ambler Teen, Police Say

Jake Caplen, 18, of Ambler, is facing charges of DUI, possession of paraphernalia, and related traffic violations after he allegedly attempted to flee an underage drinking party in Whitpain.

An Ambler teen is facing multiple charges after he allegedly attempted to flee the scene of an underage drinking party in Whitpain on Saturday night.

At 11:02 p.m. on Feb. 23, Whitpain Township Police received a call about a suspected underage drinking party taking place along the 200 block of McClure Drive. Upon arrival, police allegedly found "numerous individuals on the lawn and inside the house," according to the report.

Police made a total of nine arrests on scene, including one female and two males from Ambler, two females and three males from Blue Bell and one female from Lock Haven. The juveniles that were not drinking were released to their parents.

The tenth arrest occurred as police were initially arriving to the scene, as they reported hearing a vehicle squealing its tires as it turned from Kerry Lane to McClure Drive without slowing.

Police ordered the driver – later identified as 18-year-old Jake Caplen, of Ambler – to stop, but he allegedly continued to flee with no headlights on. The report states that as Caplen was attempting to flee to Norristown Road, a partol car pulled onto Kerry Lane and was able to stop the vehicle. 

Once stopped, the report describes Caplen as "argumentative and obviously intoxicated." Police also allegedly located a pipe containing burnt marijuana in Caplen's vehicle, the report states. He was later taken to Mercy Suburban for blood testing.

Charges including DUI, possession of paraphernalia, and related traffic violations will be filed upon receipt of the blood test results, the report states.

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Becker II March 01, 2013 at 04:58 PM
It's honestly ridiculous. I think that the police have much better things to do than crash parties. That being said, the DUI charge is justified, as he could have hurt people, but to arrest kids who probably weren't driving (I walked by and saw only about 10-12 cars, and reportedly over 100 people. 1 in 10 kids are driving), is a waste of their time. There's probably a bunch of underground meth labs going on that we just aren't finding because of things like this. Nine arrests are totally unnecessary.
Becker II March 01, 2013 at 04:59 PM
You could smell pot from across the neighborhood- but no arrests made on that. A step in the right direction.
Concerned March 02, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I sense a there's some sense of entitlement coming from these teenagers/students' comments. So it's ok to drink if you're underage, but smoking pot is illegal. Lucky for for 90 + kids who didn't get arrested because they won't have a juvenile record. Grow up and realize you can't always just do what you want just because your parents give you what you want all the time. The police are not going to give you those breaks, too. I pity those kids just wait until they are off to college and can't cope with peer pressure, school responsibilities and being away from home. Chances are they will be served DUIs and be on probation shortly after they arrive on campus.
Debbie March 03, 2013 at 04:30 AM
In Grandview Missouri the policeman just let them party on. My son was at an underage party. When the police showed up they gave the underage people renting a citation for disordly house. Three people went in the backyard and were told to stop. My son and the other kid stopped. One ran back in the house and held the door shut. The police ticketed him for not obeying the police officer and a ride to a friends house not to the parents. Everyone else released at the scene. An hour and a half later my son was dead a block and a half away from our house. He had wrapped the car around a tree. We would give anything for him to have been arrested and charged as a minor and a phone call to pick him up.
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