Sheriff’s ofﬁce cracks down on underage drinking parties
A total of 22 juveniles and two adults were cited for a variety of offenses this weekend after Delaware County Sheriff deputies broke up two underage drinking parties.
The two adults charged in connection to the parties, Michael Currie, 55, and Matthew Mehrer, 18, were cited around 10 p.m. Saturday at Whirlaway Circle in Concord Township.
Currie, who identified himself as the homeowner’s attorney, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office reported. Mehrer was charged with offenses involving underage consumption of alcohol.
Deputies also cited 17 juveniles between 15 and 17 years of age. The minors included 11 boys: a 15-year-old from Lewis Center, six 16-year-olds from Dublin, a 16-year-old from Powell, and three 17-year-olds from Dublin. The others were 16-year-old girls — one from Powell and five from Dublin.
About two hours later, around 12:15 a.m. Sunday, deputies cited six juveniles at an underage drinking party on Klondike Road in Delaware.
Five of the minors at the second party were boys, including a 14-year-old from Ashley, a 15– and a 16-year-old from Sunbury, and two 17-year-olds from Delaware and Ashley. The sixth minor was a 16-year-old girl from Delaware.
The minors were charged with offenses involving underage persons and unruliness. In both cases, deputies notified the minors’ parents and the individuals were issued a summons to appear in juvenile court, the DCSO reported.
“Our office is consistent in its message: underage drinking will not be tolerated,” DCSO Capt. Kevin Savage said.
“Not only is it illegal, but it is dangerous and can have serious consequences. We are committed to partnering with parents and educators to inform our youth of the dangers of underage drinking.”
State law forbids anyone under 21 years of age to possess or consume alcohol unless a consenting parent or guardian is present.