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4 Amish Teens Arrested After Buggy Hits Cop Car

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on March 13, 2012 6:01 AM

The Amish have always been portrayed as a serene, law-abiding community. But it seems their youth -- and some of their wayward adults -- are out to prove this stereotype wrong. Police in western New York encountered the latest of these rebels on Sunday, hauling four of them in after a buggy car crash.

Officers collided with the horse-drawn vehicle while responding to reports of a buggy party near a rural Sherman farm. A group of young Amish men and women were apparently getting their drink on.

Officers hauled in three Amish men and 1 woman, according to the New York Daily News. All were charged with underage drinking, but one will face further charges as he was hosting the drinking party at his house.

The buggies were allegedly laden with enough booze to keep the party going all night long.

That individual, Marty Toryer, was also manning the vehicle during the buggy car crash.  He was changing lanes at the time of the crash, according to NBC, which means he was actually driving on a public road.

Depending on his blood alcohol level, Toryer could also be charged with driving under the influence. This is true even though he was driving a buggy. The rules of the road apply to all vehicles, even those powered by horses.

As for the other Amish youth present during the buggy car crash and party, they have yet to be identified. Local law enforcement only reports seeing several buggies flee the scene after the accident.

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