FALMOUTH, Maine — A man and a woman have been charged with furnishing a place for minors to drink after a celebration for two state championship teams turned into an underage drinking party, according to police.
Officers received a tip around 10:30 p.m. Saturday that a party with underage drinking was taking place at a residence on Fieldstone Road, according to Lt. John Kilbride.
When Sgt. George Savage initially went to investigate, the homeowner, Barry Spencer, told him that it was a chemical-free party celebrating Falmouth High School’s state championships in baseball and lacrosse, and Savage found no evidence of alcohol consumption.
About an hour after Savage left the house, police stopped a vehicle for expired registration tags and discovered an intoxicated passenger had been drinking at the party.
When police returned to the residence, they discovered evidence of drinking and marijuana use and between 50 and 100 kids, Kilbride said.
“Some were taking off running into the woods, others to their vehicles,” said Kilbride, who noted that 35 vehicles were parked at or around the residence. “We were dealing with a difficult scene.”
An intoxicated 16-year-old female got in her car and tried to flee the scene, nearly running an officer down, Kilbride said. She was charged with operating under the influence.
There was also evidence of alcohol poisoning, including vomit on the ground and on cars.
“We were very concerned for the safety of the youngsters,” he said.
One male was found passed out on a neighbor’s lawn, and he was treated at the scene by medical personnel, according to Kilbride.
In the end, Spencer and his wife, Paula, were summoned for furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol but were not arrested, Kilbride said.
“The adults need to keep these things under control,” the lieutenant said. “In the end, they’re responsible for those youngsters in their backyard and they need to regain control of that.”
The charges put a damper on what was supposed to be a banner day for the baseball and lacrosse teams.
“It’s a black mark for these teams representing their schools,” Kilbride said.