Police: More Underage Drinking Parties This Time of Year — and Here’s What Police Do When They Find Them

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Police Chief Ray Osborne explained at a recent Police Commission meeting what cops do when they find underage parties with alcohol, and he talked about the legal consequences both parents and teenagers may face. “Right now, we’re getting hit pretty hard with underage drinking,” Detective James Palmieri of the Youth Bureau told the commission. Summers generally have more frequent underage drinking incidents, he said. Following a call reporting an underage drinking party from a tip line that notifies law enforcement to suspicious or illegal activity, a supervisor and officers are dispatched to the scene, he said at the July 5 commission meeting. The tip line has become a valuable tool for police, he said.

Mother of Teen Charged with Failing to Halt Alcohol Possession at Daughter’s 18th Birthday Party

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A Mansfield Avenue woman, 50, was charged with a misdemeanor by Darien police, who determined she knew or should have known that alcohol was being served at her daughter’s 18th birthday party. Police described the Tuesday, June 27 incident with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

Police went to 328 Mansfield Ave. at about 10:28 p.m., after receiving a message on the department’s anonymous tip line about a teen party with alcohol. When they went to the scene, they saw cars from several taxi services pulling up to the driveway. Police also saw five youths running away and two others, a male and a female, starting to walk away on Mansfield Avenue.


Mother and Daughter Charged After Police Go to Under-Age Party with Alcohol

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Darien police say that when they arrived at a teenager’s party where alcohol was consumed, partygoers told police that they had brought alcohol themselves and the host hadn’t provided it. The partygoers, all young women, even showed police text messages — but in one of the messages said the host’s mother was fine with having alcohol at the party, according to police. Police gave this additional information about the incident, including accusations not proven in court:

At about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, an anonymous tip alerted police to a party at 17 Goodwives River Road. When police showed up there, they found alcohol and 13 females, ranging in age from 17 to 19. The host, Alexandra Barnard, who turned 19 that day, at first told police that she had supplied the alcohol, but then retracted that and said the partygoers had each brought their own booze.

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Police: Teen Hosts Party with Alcohol on Greenwood Ave

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A 19-year-old Greenwood Avenue teenager last week hosted an outdoor party where alcohol was available, resulting in his arrest, Darien police said. Police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

Police went to Greenwood Avenue at 11:47 p.m. after getting a report of a loud party. When they arrived, they saw several people running from the property. Red cups and beer cans were scattered around the area. The 19-year-old man who identified himself as the host said he had invited friends over for a bonfire.

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Police: Boy, 16, Hosts Party with Alcohol for Teens on Mansfield Ave

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A 16-year-old boy hosted a party with alcohol on Friday at his home on Mansfield Avenue, said police, who were told that about 20 to 25 teenagers showed up. Darien police described what happened with this account (including accusations not proven in court):

At 9:09 p.m., police received an anonymous tip about a party with underage drinking brought officers to 359 Mansfield Ave. When they got there, a 21-year-old man met with them and told them he’d just arrived at home, 15 to 20 minutes before, to find that his brother, 16, had invited friends over for the party. He told police that there were about 20 to 25 teenagers in the house; that he’d asked them to leave; and that he was trying to get the house cleaned up. The officers went in the house to check on the welfare of the teenagers but didn’t find any.

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Intoxicated Teen Sleeping on Roadside Leads Cops to Underage-Drinking Party Scene

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A report of a young female sleeping on a front lawn of a house on Hecker Avenue brought police, who then learned that the 19-year-old had walked away from a party with underage drinking on Harbor Road. Darien police gave this account (containing accusations not proven in court):

When police responded to the report, which came in early on Thursday morning, they came upon the young woman on the shoulder of the eastbound travel side of the road, curled up and asleep. She was intoxicated, with a strong odor of alcohol on her, and also so incoherent that police couldn’t understand what she was saying. Post 53-Darien EMS was called to the scene, and ambulance personnel were able to identify the woman as a Darien resident. She remained very confused and incoherent, but was finally able to explain that she had been at a house party earlier in the evening.