PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Local police investigated two separate cases in as many weeks involving underage drinking.
The first case was reported Tuesday, Sept. 14, at approximately 11:35 a.m., and involved a group of students at Presque Isle High School.
School officials called police and alerted Officer Kevin Reed about several students at the high school who were believed to be impaired, according to the Presque Isle Police Department log.
Reed questioned four students and determined that they were under the influence of alcohol. The youths, all from Presque Isle, subsequently were suspended for 10 days and charged accordingly.
In the school incident, a 15-year-old girl was charged with possession of liquor by a minor through consumption, possession of a usable amount of marijuana, and sale and use of drug paraphernalia. The teenager became upset at school staff, yelling obscenities and, at one point, threatening to assault Tim McCue, SAD 1’s safety director, before she left the school. Her blood alcohol level was reportedly 0.04.
A 14-year-old female also was charged with possession of liquor by a minor through consumption. Her blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.07.
A third student, a 14-year-old male, was charged with possession of liquor by a minor through consumption. He was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center by Crown Ambulance for possible alcohol poisoning; his blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.11.
The fourth individual, a 15-year-old male, was charged with possession of liquor by a minor through consumption, with a reported blood alcohol level of 0.12.
All were given a Nov. 4 Presque Isle District Court date.
The second incident involving minors drinking was reported 10 days later. The Police Department received a report Friday, Sept. 24, at approximately 12:02 a.m. that someone was furnishing a place for minors to drink on Oak Street.
Reed was assigned to investigate. He located the party and subsequently summoned Sean P. Muriel, 19, of Presque Isle on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol. Muriel also was warned to take care of a warrant for failure to pay fines pertaining to unlawful possession. Two 17-year-old females, both of Presque Isle, were charged with illegal possession and released to their parents. A juvenile court date of Nov. 4 was given at Presque Isle District Court.
No blood alcohol levels were indicated in this case.