State police from Centreville trying to quiet a beer party in Queen Anne's County early yesterday morning reported that they soon had a "mini-riot" on their hands.
Most of the 140 partygoers pelted them with bottles for several hours, they said.
Before the melee was over, 23 police officers had been called to the scene from as far away as Rockville in Montgomery County.
Other officers called to the scene were state troopers from Easton and Annapolis, State Police K-9 units, the Queen Anne's and Kent County sheriff's departments and State Natural Resources and Toll Facilities police.
A state police helicopter also was called in.
Sgt. Kenneth Thrashar of the State Police at the Centreville Barracks said officers went to the home in the 200 block of Tower Drive in Stevensville at 1:10 a.m., answering a complaint from a neighbor about loud noise.
"The officer asked the owner to tone it down," Sgt. Thrashar said.
"The owner refused and incited 140 people to resist the police efforts."
The owner, Timothy Wayne Kiel, 21, and at least nine other people, mostly teen-agers, were arrested by the authorities before order was restored at 4 a.m.
Charges included malicious destruction of property, assault and battery and disturbing the peace.
Seven people under the age of 21 were charged with drinking alcohol.