POUND RIDGE, N.Y. Pound Ridge police arrested three youths this past week and charged them with marijuana possession in the wake of an underage drinking party that originated at a residence in the town of Lewisboro.
At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Friday, March 16, Pound Ridge Police were called to Old Mill River Road in Pound Ridge for a report of youths throwing beer bottles at passing cars. When officers responded, they discovered a car off the roadway near the intersection of Old Mill River and Trinity Pass Road and stopped to investigate. At that point, other cars approached and stopped at the accident.
Police said that all the vehicles that stopped contained youths in ages ranging from 17 to 22. The youths told police of the location of the bottle throwing incident, which took place at a residence in the town of Lewisboro. That scene was turned over to state police.
At the scene of the Pound Ridge accident, the three youths were taken into custody and another 17, who police determined had consumed alcohol under the age of 21, were turned over to their parents who were called to the scene.
Two of the youths charged with marijuana possession are eligible for youthful offender status and their names were not released. The third subject, a 22-year-old male of West Harrison, N.Y., was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. All three were released on their own recognizance and turned over to their parents.
Pound Ridge Police Chief David Ryan noted that over the past several weeks there have been several youths arrested for marijuana possession as well as several incidents where car loads of youths under 21 were found consuming alcohol and turned over to their parents.
We were lucky that this time no one was injured and there were none of the accidents that police see so often this time of year and just before graduation, Ryan said.
Ryan added that with spring break looming, parents who may be vacationing without their teenage children need to discuss with them the dangers of underage drinking parties. He noted that with new Westchester County laws, homeowners can be charged even if they are not at the house if a party occurs that involves underage drinking or drug use.
In addition to potential criminal charges, civil liabilities under the New York General Obligations law, sometimes called the Social Host Law, can hold the homeowners accountable in the event an underage drinker is injured or needs medical attention, Ryan said.
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