Police making fewer underage alcohol arrests

A word of warning to teens planning to throw a big bash, complete with alcohol for their underage friends: The police are looking for you.

You might think you know how to get away with it — you’ll keep it discreet and invite only a few friends. Or you won’t risk having it at someone’s house while their parents are out of town, opting instead to have a dozen or so people meet deep in the woods. But if one teen invites a friend, who also invites a friend, that can lead to a party of 25, prompting neighbors to call police about the noise at 1 a.m. or all the vehicles parked along the street.

Since 2009, police in the county have arrested more than 1,900 teens or young adults for underage drinking, often finding them at house parties with a dozen or more others. But during the past five years, the number of underage drinking arrests has fallen each year, from 482 arrests in 2009 to 240 last year, according to data from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

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