SANATOGA PA – A Friday party (March 4, 2016) that allegedly included under-age drinking ended shortly after 11 p.m. when Lower Pottsgrove police arrived, according to a department press release.
Sixteen people younger than age 21 are being charged with illegal purchase, consumption, possession or transport of liquor or malt or brewed beverages, officers said, after they reportedly found them and others attending a party in a home on the 1100 block of Ringing Rocks Park owned by one of their parents. The parent was away for the night.
A total of 19 people, some of them juveniles younger than 18, were said to be discovered hiding upstairs in the house and behind an outside shed after police arrived. Portable breath tests were administered to all; of those, three were found not to have any alcohol in their systems. None of the individuals involved were identified by name.
Ofc. Matthew Musselman said he responded Friday at about 11:05 p.m. to a local resident’s call regarding a car illegally parked in Ringing Rocks Park, and learned the vehicle likely belonged to a driver attending the party nearby. When he arrived at the home and knocked on the door, Musselman reported he “heard several people running around the house.”
A young woman who later said she was 20 years old answered the door a few minutes afterward and spoke to Musselman with what he alleged was slurred speech. She admitted to drinking and invited him inside, he said, where he claimed he “could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.” The woman admitted her mother was away for the night, he added.
Other officers arrived on the scene, and allegedly found the remaining subjects in hiding. After testing, the majority were found to have alcohol in their systems in varying amounts, police said.
Juveniles at the party were returned to their parents. Those older than 18 were allowed to stay at the home, but only after the parent and home owner was called and arrived on the scene.
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