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Abbotsford Police SUV window smashed at outdoor party

02/21/2015 05:07 EST | Updated 04/23/2015 05:59 EDT
Abbotsford police say it's lucky the only damage from a 500 person outdoor party was a broken police vehicle window.

Up to 30 officers — including those from an Integrated Road Safety Unit — scrambled to the top of Majuba Hill in Abbtosford Friday night where a large crowd of people between the ages of 14 and 25 had gathered.

"[There were]... lots of intoxicated individuals there, most of the people moved along without too much trouble although our patrol explorer took the brunt of the damage in terms of a broken window to its rear passenger side," said Cst. Ian MacDonald, the public information officer for the Abbotsford Police Department.

At one point, police also called in the RCMP's Air One helicopter to help disperse the party.

MacDonald says parties like this aren't uncommon, but they are at this time of year.

"It absolutely is a popular spot. I would say that there's three factors that came to bear that created this circumstance. Factor number one is some of the decision making by the youth, decision number two is less that active parenting...and third good or bad, it's the weather conditions. We're enjoying really pleasant climate and weather right now."

The area is remote, but accessible off Old Yale Road from Abbotsford. There is also access from Chilliwack.

MacDonald says it's still far enough away, that if someone were hurt, it would be difficult to get paramedics or other first-responders there in a hurry.

Two weeks ago a pair of 14-year-olds were sent to hospital after attending a much smaller outdoor party off Old Yale Road and McMillan Road in East Abbotsford.

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