Police on Monday night arrested a 16-year-old New Canaan resident after confronting the teen at an underage drinking party at a home in the area of Oenoke Ridge and West Roads.
The teen was charged with delivery of alcohol to a minor, allowing a minor to possess alcohol and failure to halt possession of alcohol by a minor.
At about 9:21 p.m. on July 17, officers received an anonymous tip regarding a youth party with alcohol at the residence, according to a police report.
Arriving, officer saw about 20 to 30 juveniles on the back patio of the home, most of them holding cans of Bud Light or Coors Light, the report said.
The kids scattered when police arrived, it said.
Inside the house, officers found 30 empty beer cans and empty boxes of both Bud Light and Coors Light, police said.
They spoke to juvenile at the party who claimed that he or she—police withheld the youth’s name, gender and other identifying information because of the individual’s age—had supplied “some of the alcohol but did not know where the rest came from,” according to the report.
“The juvenile stated that it was only intended to be a gathering of a few friends, but that other juveniles began showing up uninvited,” the report said.
Other juveniles at the party who are facing a charge of possession of alcohol by a minor will be invited to participate in the department’s “diversionary program.” Under it, the kids and their parents agree to attend educational classes by addiction experts and others, in exchange for getting out from under criminal charges. Police recently ran an inaugural program in the wake of a high-profile underage drinking party in March.
“The New Canaan Police will continue to investigate and when probable cause exists, make arrests in cases involving underage drinking parties,” the police report said.
Criminal cases involving those younger than 18 generally are referred to the Juvenile Matters Division of state Superior Court.
The NCPD Anonymous Tip line can be reached at 203-594-3544.