Originally Published: October 7, 2010 9:49 p.m.
Prescott Valley police arrested 17 teens for underage drinking, cited an adult who allowed them to drink in her presence, and cited two people for open containers of alcohol in Mountain Valley Park on Oct. 1 during an underage drinking enforcement detail.
A grant from the Department of Justice through the Governor's Office of Highway Safety funded this detail to enforce underage drinking laws, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.
Officers answered a call about a large party in the 9100 block of Lakeshore Drive and found about 30 teens at the gathering, Bonney said.
Officers arrested 17 people for underage drinking who were between 15 to 18 years old, and cited a 31-year-old woman for allowing this activity to occur in her presence, Bonney said.
During this 4 1/2 hour-period, officers also checked several bars for underage drinkers, Bonney said.
It is important to call your local police department if you see or suspect underage consumption of alcohol, Bonney said.
"The consequences of underage drinking can reach far beyond a citation or a charge for drinking under 21," Bonney said. "DUI driving, serious car crashes, alcohol poisoning, poor decision-making and reckless behavior can have serious consequences or end in death."
For more information on underage drinking and other related topics, go the Governor's Office of Highway Safety at www.azgohs.gov or www.drawyourline.com.