Pierce County law enforcement officers busted two underage drinking parties and arrested 21 people over Memorial Day weekend.
The Party Intervention Patrol focused their efforts in Puyallup and Orting, according to a press release from Pierce County. The Orting Police Department led the Friday night-early Saturday patrol. Officers arrested 21 people, ages 15 to 27, on suspicion of alcohol- and drug-related crimes.
Officers found the first party just after midnight. Puyallup police officers responded to a noise complaint in the 2300 block of South Meridian.
“Two brothers had used their mother’s apartment to host an underage drinking party while she was away,” the press release states.
Officers arrested the brothers on suspicion of furnishing a premise for illegal underage alcohol consumption. Seven were arrested on suspicion of being minors in possession of alcohol, the press release states.
The second party was found in Orting about 3 a.m. Saturday. High school students and recent graduates from area schools, including Enumclaw, Buckley and Bonney Lake, were present.
Officers arrested 14 on suspicion of being minors in possession of alcohol, one on suspicion of furnishing a premise for the illegal underage alcohol consumption and one on suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the press release states.
Another two were arrested on suspicion of obstructing law enforcement.
Six volunteers talked with the parents of the arrested teens.
“Since the implementation of these one-of-a-kind patrols two years ago, we’ve seen a huge decrease in teen driving fatalities,” said Orting police officer Branden Porter.
A year before the patrols were implemented, Pierce County averaged eight teen driving fatalities. In the past two years, there have been three fatalities in each year.