Police break up drinking party (6/25/09)

June 25, 2009

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Nineteen teenagers were cited for underage drinking at an outdoor party in Charlotte on June 13.

Most of the teenagers were recent Champlain Valley Union High School graduates, said Shelburne police officer Rob Barrows.

Shelburne Police, Vermont state troopers and Chittenden County’s Stop Teen Alcohol Risk Team, commonly known as START, responded to a report of a party at a field on Lake Road at about 3 a.m. that morning.

About 30 teenagers were screened for underage drinking. Nineteen were given tickets and one was arrested for second offense underage alcohol possession, Barrows said.

Cited teenagers will either pay a $300 fine and lose their licenses for six months, or can go through a court diversion program.

Shelburne police are still investigating, and are looking into a possible enabling charge.

CVU held its graduation on June 12.