By Joel Provano
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
An Alpharetta couple is facing charges after a party at their home in which 18 teenagers were cited for underage drinking.
Andreas Droege, 53, and his wife, Dagmar Droege, 48, were charged with furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors after police interrupted the party Thursday night at their home on Waters Mill Court.
An Alpharetta police officer investigating a complaint that cars were parked at a closed neighborhood clubhouse said he saw several teenagers leaving the Droeges' house and smelled alcohol on them, according to a police incident report.
When the officer knocked on the door of the home, Andreas Droege answered and allowed the officer to enter the house, the report stated.
"I noticed a crowd of about 15 underage subjects in the living room sitting down with the lights off," the officer wrote in the report. "I asked if any of them [had] been drinking underage and only two subjects said they did not drink anything."
Another officer who had arrived as backup searched the house with Andreas Droege and found six teenagers hiding in the attic with a bottle of liquor, the report stated.
Meanwhile, another officer entered the basement and found "a ping-pong table set up to play a drinking game called beer pong" and several coolers full of beer, the report said.
Seventeen of the teens were cited for minor in possession of alcohol and released to the custody of their parents.
Another person, identified by police as 19-year-old Michael Whitehurst, was taken to the Fulton County Jail North Annex because he was uncooperative, the report said. He also was charged underaged drinking.
Six other teenagers who tested negative for alcohol were detained until their parents could pick them up because they had provisional drivers licenses that prohibited them from driving at night.