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Underage drinkers busted by party patrols in Orting

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
September 23, 2010 7:08 pm

Pierce County Party Intervention Patrols arrested 26 youths in Orting last weekend while targeting three parties with underage drinkers, the county announced today.

The youths arrested Friday and Saturday nights include a 19-year-old woman who has three prior DUIs and an interlock device on her car and a 19-year-old man headed to Marine Corps boot camp this month.

Two teens were taken into custody for driving under the influence and officers rounded up two intoxicated girls, ages 15 and 16, at a party where several older men were.

After obtaining search warrants for two homes and a car, officers arrested five adults for either allowing their homes to be used or supplying alcohol to attendees who were underage.

All of the parents told the Party Intervention Patrol teams that they were sleeping during the parties.

A telephone company employee responding to a downed powerline on Patterson Road alerted officers to a fourth boisterous party after finding a teen boy stopped in the middle of the road with the keys in the ignition, unconscious and slumped over the wheel.

By the time paramedics resuscitated the boy and officers arrived, most of the party-goers had left.

The arrested youth were taken to community centers in Orting and Puyallup and assessed by professionals to determine whether any follow-up was needed.

Three college freshmen became distraught after learning their arrests could prevent them from receiving future school loans, grants or work study, according to the county.

Parents were summoned to pick up their children as late as 5:30 a.m. and spoke with trained volunteers.

Nearly two dozen Party Intervention Patrols are planned this year.

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