Adams man to be charged after hosting party where teens got intoxicated

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ADAMS — A man who allegedly hosted a party with underage teens earlier this month is facing charges after two youths were sent to the hospital for drug and alcohol intoxication.

Zachary S. Hoffman, 25, was found in a Park Street apartment where more than a dozen teens were found to have been drinking and smoking marijuana, according to police Chief Richard Tarsa.

Adams police officers learned of the party after they observed a 16-year-old staggering down the middle of School Street, right in front of the Adams Police Station, exhibiting signs of extreme alcohol intoxication and the consumption of marijuana and highly concentrated THC "dabs." A short time later, the parents of another teen called for an ambulance after their child was found displaying the same symptoms. Both teens were taken to the hospital.

Officers determined the party was at a Park Street address, where they were let into the apartment and discovered Hoffman and 11 teens between the ages of 13 to 17. There were signs of alcohol and marijuana consumption.

All involved teens were checked by members of the Adams Ambulance Service and released into the custody of a parent. One additional teen was transported to the hospital at the request of the parent.

"There is no question that the actions taken by Officers Dylan Hicks, Nicholas Sorrell and Michael Rossi prevented what could have been an incident resulting in serious bodily harm or death," Tarsa said in a prepared statement. "Conduct such as this will not be tolerated as it puts the lives and safety of our youth in jeopardy. This situation could have easily ended with a much different result."

Hoffman will be charged in the Northern Berkshire District Court with procuring liquor to a person under 21 and reckless endangerment of a child, Tarsa said. In a Facebook post shortly after the incident, the Adams Police Department reported that the suspect is a registered sex offender. A search of the Massachusetts sex offender registry shows a Zachary Hoffman is registered, but with no address listed.

The incident was also brought to the attention of the local Board of Health for possible violations of social distancing guidelines under the current COVID-19 emergency declaration, Tarsa noted.

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.

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