Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, April 26, 2010

Crash involved Teen Drinking; Party Patrol = 25 Citations

04-26-10 Crash involved Teen Drinking; Party Patrol = 25 Citations

Drug Free Idaho to host Community Discussion on Underage Drinking

    April, 26, 2010 - Boise Police were called to a local hospital early this morning and found a teen being treated for injuries following a car crash. Officers were told by witnesses the crash involved teens who had been drinking in the foothills to celebrate "senior skip day" at a local high school.

    Also, Saturday night, Boise Police conducted a "party patrol" in east, southeast, and BSU area neighborhoods where residents had complained of noisy parties or homes that attract teens because they allow underage drinking. In all, 25 citations were issued to teens and adults, ranging from underage drinking to providing alcohol to minors to possession of Ecstacy, a felony.

    "The sad fact is, every graduation season, somewhere in the valley, we lose kids to car crashes or other incidents that involve alcohol," said Sgt. Don Larson of the Boise Police Patrol Division. "It's important parents know what's going on so they can make informed choices about protecting their kids."

    These incidents come the weekend before Boise Police, the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Drug Free Idaho partner to host a Community Discussion about underage drinking. The discussion will focus on helping parents understand the realities and dangers of underage drinking, and give parents informed strategies to protect their families.

    "A lot parents have this idea, 'It's not my kid,' but when we get this data back, it's all our kids," said Marianne King, executive director of Drug Free Idaho.]

    Overnight crash:Boise Police were called to a hospital emergency room at 1:15 a.m. this morning after a witness reported an injured teen following a crash up Rocky Canyon Road, about two miles northeast of the city. Witnesses told officers the car, a small sedan, had 4 - 5 teens inside when it went off the road, slid down an embankment, and crashed in a creek bed. Other teens in other vehicles drove the occupants back into Boise, taking the injured teen to the emergency room. Officers found the teen being treated for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The crash is being investigated by the Ada County Sheriff's Office. As of early this morning, the driver of the crashed car had not yet been located, although information given to Boise Police was the teen driver had been drought back to Boise.

    Boise Police found several of the teens involved either at or nearby the hospital. Officers issued 4 citations to teens for underage consumption of alcohol. The teens told the officers they were in the foothills drinking to celebrate "senior skip day" at their high school. The teens involved were ages 16 - 18 years old.

    Party Patrol:Boise Police conducted a special patrol responding to citizen complaints about loud party house and underage drinking Saturday night, April 24th.  The officers found and cited a number of teens under age 18 drinking alcohol with adults.

    Officers also found a number of the teens drinking "alco-pops", alcoholic energy drinks that contain 12% alcohol. Several beer pong game were also going on at the parties involving youth between the ages of 16 and 21.

    "These alco-pops taste sweet and fruity and they're especially popular among teens," said Officer Jermaine Galloway, Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer for the Broadway area. "When we ask, the kids tell us they've had one beer and they're referring to one alco-pop, but the alcohol content is several times higher and we're finding teens with dangerously high blood alcohol levels."

    Citations issued during the "party patrols" included:

18-Underage drinking
1-Providing alcohol to minors (3 counts)
1-Disorderly house (loud party)
1-Open container
2-Marijuana Possession
1-Drug paraphernalia
1-Felony drug possession of Ecstacy (charge still under investigation, report will be routed to Ada County prosecutor, no arrest made at this time.)
 

    Dangers of Underage Drinking:

    It's well documented, underage drinking can lead to tragedy.

    Underage drinking is a factor in the 4 leading causes of death in people ages 10 to 24:

  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • unintentional injuries
  • homicide
  • suicide.

    Underage alcohol use can be prevented. Research shows teens are less likely to drink alcohol when access is difficult, both in the home and in the community, and parents explain that they expect "no use" before age 21 and monitor their children's activities.

    Research shows underage youth are less likely to drink and drive when the zero tolerance laws and consequences are publicized and enforced.

    Community Discussion about Underage drinking:

    Tuesday night's discussion will include topics such as:

  • Social networking and underage drinking
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Boise's Social Host Ordinance
  • Community Resources to help Parents

      This event will feature presentations by Jared Olson, Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Officer Jermaine Galloway of the Boise Police Department.

Where: Borah High School Auditorium, 6001 Cassia St., Boise

When: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27th

  Refreshments and door prizes will be offered for those attending.

  "You don't have to be a superhero. You don't have to be an expert in parenting. You just have to be involved."   Kelvyn Cullimore