34 minors cited at Talus party

June 2, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

Police cited 34 underage drinkers when they broke up a party at a Talus house last week. The hangover for partygoers: They face hearings in King County Juvenile Court or Issaquah Municipal Court. Officers responded to a complaint about a loud party in the 100 block of Cougar Ridge Road Northwest just after midnight May 25. Officers arrived at the house and were allowed to enter the residence. Inside, they observed beer, liquor and intoxicated, underage partygoers. 

Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said the party was comprised of Issaquah and Eastside residents. Behrbaum and Chief Paul Ayers said they did not know where the minors obtained alcohol for the party. None of the partygoers were 21 or older, police said. Behrbaum said officers were uncertain about the occasion that prompted the party.

The house belonged to the father of a male partygoer. Behrbaum said the homeowner was out of town when the incident occurred.

After officers broke up the party, they cited underage drinkers. Parents were notified for offenders under 18; police are required to release the teenagers to an adult. Offenders 18 and older were released on their own recognizance. 

A 19-year-old man was booked into the Issaquah Jail after he refused to tell officers his name. Behrbaum said officers fingerprinted the man in order to confirm his identity. He was later released on bail.

Offenders under 18 will be referred to King County Juvenile Court. Adult offenders will appear in Issaquah Municipal Court.

Police said punishment for juveniles would be weighed based on the age of the offender and his or her level of involvement.

Ayers said his officers would not tolerate underage drinking.

“As the school year winds down, and graduation parties begin, we unfortunately see an increase in underage drinking parties,” he said. “Our goal is to avoid tragedies, such as drunken driving accidents or alcohol poisoning, from ever occurring in our community.” 

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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