By Christy Strawser
MECOSTA COUNTY (CBS Detroit) There’s off the hook, there’s “turnt up,” and then there’s this — a 20-year-old west Michigan man who held what’s been described as the biggest rave ever.
There were six drug overdoses, an alleged sexual assault, a person who injured himself jumping off the roof, and one young man still passed out on the floor the next day during the TV news interview with host James Taylor about what’s been described as the biggest party in west Michigan history.
About 2,000 people showed up, roughly 500 of them in the house, which was so crowded Taylor estimated it would have taken anyone inside 20 minutes to get from one room to the next.
He had two Djs, a fire thrower, go-go dancers, and more, at the gathering meant to celebrate a friend’s birthday and his own impending move to California. He put out word the afternoon of the party, someone Tweeted out an open invitation, and it was on.
One guest drove there from Tampa, Fla.
The street was blocked by party goers’ cars, 911 calls started coming in after 1 a.m., and officers from seven departments responded. According to Mlive, police were so outnumbered, they decided to let it rage on until the next day.
But don’t blame Taylor for the fallout.
“I didn’t force anything down anybody’s throat, I didn’t make anybody stay here until 7 a.m., or 11, or whenever it was everybody left, I didn’t make this kid pass out on my floor,” he said, pointing to his pal. “People wanted to be here, it was their decision.”
What about the allegedly numerous group of underage drinkers? Taylor blames parents who let underage children stay out all night.
“People could have been laying out here dead this morning, I’m glad the police came, and the ambulances,” he says in the video.
Is it his last party? Doesn’t sound like it.
“There’s always a coming home party,” he tells the interviewer, smirking.
The Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office is reportedly reviewing police reports of the incident to decide whether to press charges against Taylor.