Police Charge 18 People in Underage Drinking Party in Wallagrass
Police have charged several people involved in an underage drinking party Saturday in the northern Aroostook County town of Wallagrass, south of Fort Kent.
After receiving a report of a party involving minors, Maine State Troopers and Game Wardens searched a wooded area in Wallagrass and located the party in a gravel pit.
Eighteen minors were charged with possession of alcohol by consumption and one minor was charged with a zero tolerance driving violation, according to State Police Sgt. Brian Harris. The parents of the minors were called and notified of the incident.
Under Maine's zero tolerance law, anyone under the age of 21 who operates a motor vehicle with any alcohol in their blood faces having their license suspended for one year.
It is a civil violation for any person under 21 to possess liquor except if it is within the scope of their employment or in their home in the presence of their parent. Fines for illegal possession by a minor range from $200 - $600.
The Maine State Police would like to remind citizens that anonymous tips of underage drinking incidents can be made by calling the State Police Barracks in Houlton at (207) 532-5400 or your local police department.