17 underage drinkers from all over mid-Maine cited at Piscataquis Party, police say

Posted July 29, 2012, at 2:33 p.m.
Last modified July 29, 2012, at 3:36 p.m.

EBEEMEE TOWNSHIP, Maine — As many as 40 people were present when police busted an underage drinking party early Saturday morning, according to police.

Brownville police Chief Nick Clukey said he received an anonymous tip about an underage drinking party, but after several trips driving through the area, he couldn’t locate it.

“I made one last patrol, and found the party at a camp along Route 11” at about 1 a.m., Clukey said Sunday afternoon. “I encountered a group of kids and they fled into the woods.”

All of the kids were rounded up, Clukey said, thanks largely to people at the party who hadn’t been drinking.

“There were some of them there that were sober and helped us round them up. Once they knew it was busted, they were extremely cooperative,” said Clukey.

In all, 17 violations for underage drinking were handed out, including nine to juveniles under the age of 18.

Dustin Yonkin, 19, of Guilford was cited for furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol. No one was arrested. Clukey said Yonkin was using his grandparents’ camp, which is right next to Route 11. Ebeemee Township is located north of Brownville.

Some juveniles brought chalk to the party and wrote graffiti and words on both lanes of Route 11, Clukey said.

“It was an unusual party for me,” said Clukey. “I’ve busted a lot of parties over the years, but there were kids there from all over Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, and even Somerset County.”

Clukey said the juveniles came from Corinna, Harmony, Abbot, Dexter, Sangerville, Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft, Milo and elsewhere.

Brownville and Milo police departments and deputies from the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office aided in the incident. Police were one scene until 5 a.m.

“With having people from that far away, waiting for people to come pick up their children took forever,” Clukey said.

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