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Some Chapel Hill Partygoers Hide In Attic, Crash Through Ceiling

Posted March 2, 2006

— Some people who tried to hide from police after a loud party got a rude awakening.

Around midnight, someone called authorities about a party at a Green Street apartment. When police arrived, dozens of people ran from the area. Some people tried to hide in the attic, but the floor beneath them fell through.

The people crashed down into the living room and kitchen below. There were no reports of serious injuries.

One current member of the UNC-Chapel Hill cross country team and three former track and cross country team members were charged in the incident.

Three people who hosted the party -- 23-year-old

Jesse McLaughlin Rappole

, 21-year-old

Robert Robertson

and 21-year-old

Matthew Scott Gibby

-- were charged with sale of alcohol to a minor and aiding and abetting underage alcohol use. Authorities said the hosts charged their guests money for the alcohol that was served at the party.

One woman,

Brianna Felnagle

, was charged with underage drinking and resisting arrest after authorities saw her dropping an alcoholic beverage at the party. She ran from authorities but was later apprehended.

School officials said that Felnagle, a current member of the cross county team, would undergo counseling, which is standard practice when an underage student has an alcohol violation. School officials also said she would be cut from a team competition this weekend.

Police estimated damage at $2,000 for the Sheetrock that was destroyed when those hiding fell through the ceiling.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that all four people arrested were current members of either the track or cross country teams at UNC.

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