A sheriff’s deputy arrested a 20-year-old Edgecomb man and cited several other minors at an alleged underage drinking party in Edgecomb early Saturday, July 26.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Dennison arrested Tucker J. Lewis, 20, of Old County Road, for allegedly furnishing a place for minors to consume/possess liquor, a class D misdemeanor, and minor possessing liquor, a civil offense, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Dennison issued a summons to Lewis’ roommate, Christopher Pressey, also 20, for the same offenses.
Dennison also issued summons to six others for minor possessing liquor: Colby Barrows, 18, of Brooklyn, Conn.; Chad R. Carroll, 19, of Boothbay; John Chamberlain, 20, of Mercer; Patrick Magalis, 18, of Brooklyn, Conn.; Bruce M. Orne, 20, of Boothbay; and a 16-year-old Edgecomb boy.
Lt. Rand Maker, of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, said another 18-year-old and a 17-year-old will likely face charges of refusing to submit to arrest or detention in connection with the party.
The sheriff’s office responded to a complaint at about 2:10 a.m., Maker said. When the deputy arrived, “some people tried to run away, others tried to hide in the house, which is somewhat typical,” he said.
The sheriff’s office frequently responds to similar scenarios. “Sadly, I think it’s pretty routine,” Maker said. “The courts are full this time of year – June, July, August – with these charges.”
Minors and their parents should know the sheriff’s office has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking. “There are no breaks,” Maker said. “The days when we call parents and have them come pick up” their children are over, he said.
“We need help from parents here,” Maker said. Parents should know where their children are at 2 a.m., he said.
Law enforcement often deals with the tragic after effects of similar parties.
“You see, obviously, motor-vehicle accidents, you see people who drink too much to the point where they have a medical emergency, you see people that are victimized in these situations, young ladies, things like that,” Maker said.