It seems to us that any New Year’s party ending before 10 p.m. is pretty lame. Yet that’s what happened when Highland Park cops busted a rowdy gathering that involved dozens of teenagers and plenty of alcohol.
It happened at 9:51 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the 3600 block of Drexel Drive, when officers found early-bird partygoers hiding and scattering well before the clock struck midnight.
One of them was a shirtless boy in an adjacent alley who could barely stand and resisted help from his friends. He was taken to the hospital for possible alcohol poisoning.
As the cops looked for contraband and surveyed the damage, they found vomit on the bathroom floor and in the bathtub. There was an open safe in a master bedroom closet and jewelry scattered on the floor.
A teen who lives at the house suggested calling “the people who were supposed to be watching me,” which led to the arrival of some godparents a short time later. That couple denied that they were supposed to be supervising anyone. The homeowner subsequently arrived and was apologetic.
So what were the drinks of choice? The party remnants included three empty vodka bottles, as well as bottles of rum and whiskey. Among the unopened beverages were a bottle of chardonnay, 24 cans of Bud Light, 12 bottles of Coors Light, and three cans of Budweiser.
Recapping the punishments, the teenage host was cited for minor in possession of alcohol and consumption by a minor. Five others were cited for consumption by a minor. All were released to spend the rest of New Year’s Eve in the custody of their parents.
What’s your take on the prevalence of teenage alcohol parties in the Park Cities? One parent made their stance clear here. We welcome your thoughts as well.