METHUEN — Twenty people under the legal drinking age of 21 were issued summons to Lawrence District Court after police said they broke up an underage drinking party early Sunday morning.
Police discovered the underage drinking party at 60 Brook St. after they were called to Holy Family Hospital nearby, where some of the partygoers were parking in the hospital lot, according to a police report.
Just after 1 a.m., when Officer Neil Quinlan pulled up in front of the 60 Brook St., he said he “could see numerous people running from the area in all directions” and he called for additional officers to respond.
On the back deck, Quinlan and other officers found several people, all under age 21, smoking a hookah. A Bacardi rum bottle was smashed at the bottom of the deck stairs and there were empty beer cans and cups on the deck and grass below, Quinlan wrote in his report.
A ping pong table in the house was “set up for beer pong, a drinking game and there were at least 60 to 70 empty beer cans around the area” as well as empty beer cans in the kitchen and living room, Quinlan wrote.
Toni Khouri, 18, whose parents Toni and Marie Khouri own the home, was found sleeping in a chair in the home. He was issued a summons for being a minor in possession of alcohol and furnishing alcohol to minors, according to police.
All others were issued a summons for being minors in possession of alcohol.
The parents of the all the underage drinkers at the party were notified and came to pick up their children, said police Capt. Randy Haggar.
A “substantial amount of alcohol,” including beer, vodka, rum and wine were all seized by police as evidence, Haggar said.
“The Methuen Police Department takes a zero tolerance policy when dealing with underage drinking and especially those who host underage drinking parties. Our hope through our zero tolerance policy is that we will ultimately prevent a tragedy,” Haggar said.
In the home, police also found a cart in a bedroom stacked with liquor. This alcohol belonged to Khouri’s parents, who were not home at the time, and was placed there so it would not be touched by anyone at the underage party, according to Quinlan’s report.
Police also seized that alcohol, which appeared untouched, “due to the nature of the incident,” Quinlan wrote.
Officers said everyone they spoke to at the party was cooperative, Quinlan noted in his report.
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