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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Jerry Noviello, Thurston County Prosecutor's Office at (360) 239-3445

Graduation Partying Ends Early for 13 Underage Youth in Thurston County

An underage drinking party on Saturday, July 20 in the Tumwater area resulted in the arrest of 13 youth between the ages of 18 and 20 for minor in possession of alcohol.

The party was reported by neighbors who called 911 after hearing a lot of noise coming from the Lakeside Street SW home in the west Black Lake area. Almost all furniture in the home was removed, and the youth were consuming alcohol throughout the home, basement, and outside areas of the property. Beer, wine and hard liquor bottles were found throughout the house, along with marijuana paraphernalia. All of the youth arrested by the Party Intervention Patrol (PIP) team were under the influence of alcohol.

"This program is a partnership between local law enforcement and other local and statewide agencies," said Thurston Target Zero Manager Jerry Noviello. "Our goal is to keep kids from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated by busting these underage drinking parties before kids drive home or to the next party. Also, the Party Intervention Patrol utilizes the Screening and Brief Intervention model to address these dangerous behaviors with everyone arrested by the PIP team."

Party Intervention Patrol is administered by the Thurston County Target Zero Taskforce. It is a coordinated effort to reduce underage drinking and young driver fatalities in Thurston County and includes city, county, and state agencies. The project is funded by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission. Thurston County residents who suspect an underage drinking party in their neighborhood are urged to call Olympia/Thurston County Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with the information.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3