NEW CANAAN — A 16-year-old New Canaan teen was issued a juvenile summons after supplying some of the beer for an underage drinking party.
On July 17 around 9:20 p.m., police received a tip through their anonymous tip line about a youth party in the area of Oenoke Ridge and West roads. Police responded to the house where they found 20 to 30 teenagers on the back patio, most of them with cans of Bud Light and Coors Light in their hands. When the teens saw the officers, they fled.
Inside the home, police found more evidence of a party, including around 30 empty beer cans and empty boxes of Bud Light and Coors Light. Officers spoke with the 16-year-old who lived at the house who said they supplied some of the drinks but didn’t know who brought the rest. The teenager also said the party was only supposed to be a few people, but other teens showed up uninvited.
The teen hosting the party was issued a juvenile summons for delivery of alcohol to a minor, allowing minors to possess alcohol and failing to halt possession of alcohol by minors. Police said other teens at the party could be charged with possession of alcohol by a minor but will be given the option of instead participating in the department’s new diversionary program, which is meant to remedy the unwanted behavior — in this case teen drinking — without the offender ending up with a criminal record.
New Canaan police said they will continue to investigate underage drinking parties and make arrests when probable cause exists.