An 18-year-old Darien man hosting a post-season party for fellow members of the Darien High School boy’s hockey team was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor after the party was broken up by the arrival of cops, police said.
Darien police described the matter with this account (including accusations not proven in court):
Police received an anonymous tip at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, that a drinking party with underage partygoers was taking place on Allwood Road.
When police arrived at the scene at about 11:33 p.m., they saw several high-school-aged youths in the driveway. As police approached, a youth yelled, “Cops are here!” and the youths scattered in various directions.
Approaching the house, police saw through an open door more youths were inside, and they saw a can of beer on a piece of furniture in the mud room. As they entered the house, a youth yelled, “Cops!” and about 40 youths ran up from the basement and out various doors.
Once inside, officers saw in the basement a ping pong table littered with beer cans and plastic cups, and the rest of the basement similarly littered with beer cans and vodka bottles, as well as jellow shots and empty beer cases.
They encountered Scott Voigt, 18, who lives in the house. Voigt appeared to have been drinking and he immediately became agitated while talking to police.
He questioned the authority of police to come into the house and asked if they’d rang the doorbell.
(Police say they are not required to get permission when encountering a house where youths seem to be drinking inside — they are required to go in and check the house to see that the youths are safe. While inside, they are permitted to look into underage drinking inside, question people and charge people with crimes.)
Police also spoke to an 18-year-old brother of Scott Voigt who said the pair had intended to have a party to celebrate the team’s victorious hockey season and had planned on having 30 people there. More people showed up and partygoers had beer with them, the brother said.
Shortly after they began speaking with Voigt, police asked him to contact his parents. They asked again later. He made a phone call, but then told police he called someone else who he claimed was his lawyer.
When a police supervisor arrived, Voigt demanded that the supervisor answer his questions. At no point was Voigt cooperative or respectful to any of the officers on the scene.
Eventually, Voigt’s mother showed up. Parents arrived to take home a couple of the partygoers who didn’t make it out of the house in the earlier running of the youths.
Voigt was issued a summons for the infraction of possession of alcohol by a minor. His brother was not charged — a police spokesman did not immediately have a reason why.
Neither brother was charged with providing alcohol to a minor.
Editor’s note: The green arrow on the Google Map linked to in the third paragraph does not indicate the exact location of the house where the party is said to have taken place.