Another Friday night means another house party in the Park Cities, with teenagers and officers confronting one another, leaving behind a mess of scurrying students, underage-drinking citations, empty alcohol containers, and adults claiming bewilderment or ignorance.
Here’s the latest chapter, which began at 10:36 p.m. on Jan. 23, when police noticed two empty Bud Light cans and a vodka bottle in the front yard of a house in the 3400 block of Drexel Drive.
Highland Park Department of Public Safety officers stopped a tipsy teenager on the sidewalk who said he came from the house, drank a “few beers,” and was trying to catch an Uber ride home. Then an adult houseguest emerged, claiming to have been sleeping and unaware that there were so many rambunctious kids in the house drinking.
Among those in attendance, five teens were cited for minor in consumption, including one that had altered the date of birth on his ID. (We could legally name them here, so they can brag to their friends at school, but we won’t.) When the homeowner arrived after dinner, he didn’t admit to any knowledge of the party, and subsequently retired for the evening.
Another officer chased a Jeep Wrangler to the 3200 block of St. Johns Drive, where two 17-year-olds parked while unsuccessfully trying to elude capture. They admitted to coming from the same party.