A Long Island limousine driver was arrested Monday on child endangerment charges after state troopers found more than three dozen drunken teens, 100 cans of beer and gallons of empty liquor bottles aboard the party bus he was driving, authorities said.
Luis A. Guevara-Henriquz, 26, of Hempstead, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. along Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. State Police said troopers found the rowdy partiers while responding to a 911 call that a woman was screaming at a highway rest stop.
When they arrived to the scene, cops found the party bus – rented from Coachman Luxury Transport in Farmingdale – with 42 teens, all between 16 and 17, “in various stages of intoxication,” according to a police news release. They also found more than 100 cans of beer and “several gallons of various opened and empty whiskey and rum bottles.” A state police spokesman said no coolers were found aboard the bus.
Investigators said the teens had been picked up in Garden City and were headed to Montauk with no specific destination in mind. Most of the teens currently attend Sewanhaka High School and others on board are from a few surrounding districts, the spokesman, Trooper Frank Bandiero said.
Bandiero said the group had initially reserved the bus to attend a junior prom in March, but there was some type of mechanical problem and the teens were issued a credit that they used Monday.
Their plans, however, were cut short when police boarded the bus and locked up the driver. Police said the driver was arrested “due to the intoxication of the youths, the amount of alcohol on board and the condition of the bus.”
A representative who answered the phone Tuesday at the limousine company said he believed police were going to drop the charges and insisted the driver did nothing illegal.
“As far as I know, the charges are being dropped because he did nothing wrong,” said the man, who would only give his name as Joe. “He was only the driver.”
Bandiero said investigators had no plans to drop the charges and noted additional charges against Guevara-Henriquz are currently pending, as the investigation continues.
Guevara-Henriquz was issued an appearance ticket on Monday night and was released from police custody. He will be arraigned at Southampton Town Court at a later date.
The teens, police said, were all released to family members.
Correction: A previous version of this article contained an incorrect spelling of the suspect's name.