Police bust 23 underage drinkers at party - Town of Middletown, Delaware

Police bust 23 underage drinkers at party

Date: October 3, 2011

   On Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, Officers from the Middletown Police Department were working an Underage Alcohol Enforcement extra duty assignment funded by OJJDP and the Office of Highway Safety. The purpose of the assignment is to take proactive and reactive approaches in alcohol violations by those under 21 years of age and those who provide alcohol to minors.

   At about 10:40 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the community of Middletown Village. The Driver Jordan Attarian, 19, of Middletown, was found to be in possession of an alcoholic beverage being under the legal age of 21. Her two passengers, Arron Stansell, 20, also of Middletown, and Lauren Hinton, 18, of Bear, had consumed an alcoholic beverage also being under the legal age of 21. All three were issued criminal summons and later released.

   At about 11:30 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of South Broad Street in reference to a loud party complaint with possible underage drinking.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with 23 individuals who were under the age of 21 and were consuming alcoholic beverages. The 23 underage drinkers were cited with underage consumption of alcohol and issued criminal summons.

- Two were 15 years of age and were from Middletown

- One was 16 years of age from Bear

- Seven were 17 (four from Middletown, two from Townsend and one from Bear)

- Six 18-year-olds were arrested: Taylor Kellogg, Lauren Lynch, Keshaun Cale, Sarah Shivock and Jamie Hamlin, all of Middletown, and Ashley Reed, of Newark.

- Seven 19-year-olds were arrested: Marissa Cathilo, Indigo Ware and Lauren Fraley, all off Middletown; Adam Cody and Brandon Wallace of Bear; David Psarudakis of Newark; and Michael Colantonio of New York.

 Jeffery Smith, 21, of Middletown, who provided the underage participants with the alcohol, was cited with providing alcohol to minors. All were issued criminal summons with a date to appear in court. The juveniles were also charged and released to their parents/guardians.

   The Middletown Police Department will continue our OJJDP/Office of Highway Safety funded patrols and encourage the reporting of underage alcohol related complaints to 911 or the non-emergency number 573-2800.