Busted with Alcohol, 18 Years Old & Had to Be Released to His Parent

No, he wasn't driving. He was skateboarding. That's Police Department policy — if you're under 21 and found with alcohol, your Mom or Dad gets a call to pick you up.

Following a report of youths seen with alcohol on the middle of the street on Brookside Road near Three Wells Lane late on the morning of June 19, police sent out a patrol car.

Darien police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court, then again, no one's going to court) of what happened next:

(Not a whole lot happened, actually.)

On seeing the cop approach, two of the males turned onto Ridge Acres and skeedadled through the back yards of various homes. Police never saw them again. One young man complied with police instructions to stay where he was.

The young man is an 18-year-old Darien resident. Police smelled alcohol on him. Police did NOT say he was intoxicated. He wasn't carrying anything illegal on him and wasn't seen doing anything illegal. No containers of alcohol were found.

But police were certain he had been drinking that morning. They called one of his parents, who came by, and they released him to that parent. That's department policy, a police spokesman said, and this is being reproted here because we thought people in town might want to know.

Shawn S. Sullivan June 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Surely the police have better things to do. A few weeks ago I called 911 as a neighbors front door was open and the alarm going off. I was with my son and boasted "watch how fast the police get here". Zero. Nothing. A few neighbors gathered and one woman went into the house, after I told her the police asked that people stay away. After 10 minutes I called the police back and was abruptly told that "we have contacted the owner" and all was OK. How could they be sure? Why couldn't they have rolled one of their cars there? I guess the priority is an 18 year old kid, skate boarding, and having a beer. Come on.
Owsley June 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM
I love this kind of news! that's why I read this site. As does everyone else that reads and comments on the articles in the police reports.
Dave Watt July 01, 2014 at 09:53 AM
I have to comment here. I read the headline. Sounded like an 18 year old was arrested (busted) with alcohol by the police. The lead in also indicates that the kid was "found with alcohol" because when this happens, the story tells us, parents are called and his parents were called. But then I read the story and none of this is the case. The kid was not found with alcohol. He was searched and nothing illegal was found at all. The cops said he was not intoxicated. And he wasn't doing anything illegal. So it seems like a big non-story. Except that the headline makes it seem like it is. Certainly no one on Patch expects the journalism to be on par with the NYT, but isn't there an editor who would make sure that at least the story (which includes the headline) accurately reflects the circumstances rather than be misleading? I guess not.
Owsley July 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Dave, dont be a buzz kill. ha!


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