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Thousands Of Partygoers Attend Rave

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Mecosta County, MI-More than 2,000 people attended an out of control rave in Mecosta County, Michigan, over the weekend.

Now, a Michigan man is facing possible civil charges.

Partygoers, as young as 14-years-old attended James Taylor's party, which began as a birthday party for a friend. Words spread quickly on social media and the "party" became a trending topic on Twitter.

The event spiraled out of control with drugs and drinking, police saying at least six people were taken to the hospital due to drug overdoses and one sexual assault was reported. State Troopers say a car driven by a drunk driver crashed into the side of a nearby house.

Taylor insists it's not his fault.

"I didn't force anything down anybody's throat. I didn't make anybody stay here till 7 a.m. or 11, or whatever everybody finally left. I didn't make this kid pass out on my floor,” said Taylor.

The rave's DJ, Shane Harris, from the group Strap Back, said the crowd quickly grew dangerous and out of control.

"The crowd, the disrespect level, throwing bottles, and cans all over the roof tops. I was personally concerned that somebody might fall off the roof and be injured. And I just didn't want to see that happen," said Harris.  "We had to cut our set short and stop the music. Basically, immediately after stopping the music, the crowd, it was an uproar for it to be turned back on. It was like we are not going to be shutdown."

"We did have to respond to an injured person that was unable to be loaded into a car to be brought out. At that point, the EMS units and our units were beginning to be circled by partygoers. And once they realized we're only there to get the injured person out, they backed off,"  said Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell.

The sheriff says several other people could face charges as well.



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