Olympia -Target Zero's Party Intervention Patrol located a large underage drinking party in West Olympia last Friday night. Over 100 current and former Evergreen State College students packed the residential neighborhood home on Percival Street SW in Olympia. The party, which was a fundraising event for a campus-based student organization, included live bands, alcohol and marijuana, and underage drinking. Evidence of beer and hard alcohol use was scattered throughout the residence. The party was located because a neighbor called 9-1-1 to notify police of the loud party.-30-
Of the partygoers who had consumed alcohol, 49 were ages 18-20. One 20-year old had the highest blood alcohol level at .176 - more than double the legal limit for an of-age adult to drive. Also arrested and booked into jail were two people: the host of the party who supplied the location and alcohol for the party, as well as a partygoer arrested for obstructing the investigation. In total, 51 arrests were made at this party.
All of the 49 underage drinkers at the party were taken to the Public Health and Social Services office in Olympia, where they met one-on-one with a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP). "This is the key component of this project", said Jerry Noviello, Target Zero Manager for Thurston County. "It is what separates the Party Intervention Patrol model from the normal model of processing an underage drinking party. Each person that meets with a CDP is briefly evaluated for level of abuse and dependency. Our counselors are able to utilize this information to tailor their conversations with each person, help them recognize the dangers in their current behavior, and encourage them to make healthier decisions in the future."
The Party Intervention Patrol is a multiagency effort comprised of Prosecuting Attorney's Office, local, state, and county law enforcement, Public Health and Social Services, and ESD 113. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission funds this project, because it specifically targets young drivers, who are at an increased risk of being involved in a dangerous crash.