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Teen caught at beer party faces the judge

April 26, 2001

Teen caught at beer party faces the judge



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

A 17-year-old boy nabbed at a teenage alcohol party last month gave police two phony names in an attempt to stay out of trouble.

His effort resulted in a more serious charge of obstruction of justice for the teenager, who appeared Wednesday before Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley.

The March 17 raid netted a total of 19 teenagers after Maryland State Police and Washington County Sheriff's deputies converged at 15408 National Pike just before midnight after receiving complaints.

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Trooper 1st Class Chris Bernard and Deputy 1st Class Tom Routzahn also cited 17 juveniles for possession of alcohol that night.

More than 40 teenagers were in attendance when police arrived. They were held inside the vacant garage by police who also found a keg of beer on ice.

A few partygoers were found hiding in the grease pit of the former garage, police said.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Michelle Flores said none of the teenagers would admit to bringing the keg to the party. All told the police that it was just "there," Flores said.

The 17-year-old in court Wednesday was asked for his name three times, and gave a different answer each time. The first two names didn't show up in motor vehicle records while the third showed up as revoked.

The teenager, who also admitted to a March 22 incident in which a marijuana cigarette was found in the ashtray of his vehicle, was allowed to remain at home on community detention pending disposition in both cases.

Since he was charged in the two March cases, the teenager has been ordered to participate in alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

His mother, who was present in court Wednesday, said he has been doing much better since his involvement in the mandatory treatment.

"He was in a voluntary program in Frederick last year but we didn't complete that one ... now I wish we had," his mother said.

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