July 5, 2007
The Albemarle County Police Department busted 25 people early Thursday morning after responding to reports of a party on Meriweather Lane.
In total, 25 people were charged with 30 offenses. Fifteen adults over 18 were under the legal drinking age of 21; they were charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol. Two of them were also charged with obstruction of justice.
Ten juveniles were also charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol. Three of them were charged with obstruction of justice.
Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos says, "The lesson here is it is illegal for children to drink. The lesson is the one that I don't want them to ever have to learn is going to the funeral of one of their friends; that's the lesson I don't want them to learn."
Officials say 18-year-old Stephen Ernst was the host of the party. We spoke to Ernst who has no comment at this time.
Police do not think the parents were home or even in the country at the time of the party.
Sergeant Glenn Fink with the Albemarle County Police says, "None of these people were driving at that time; not to say that they wouldn't have been driving later on if they hadn't been caught at that house. I guess on one side of it it's good that we caught them; they’re instead of on the road before they killed somebody."
Police say the blood alcohol content of everyone 18 or older was as high as .11 and the BAC's of the juveniles were as high as .12.
Police are still looking for whoever supplied the alcohol.
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