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State police arrest seven minors for underage drinking

UTICA, Ill. — Seven minors from Chicago were arrested Sunday, May 20, as result of an underage drinking party in a rented villa at Grand Bear Lodge in Utica, Ill.

Illinois State Police District 17 officers responded at 1:25 a.m. May 20 to a loud noise complaint at Grand Bear Lodge.

Upon arrival at that location, officers were advised by Grand Bear employees of a party taking place in a rented villa and that the occupants had been warned about the noise they were making. When officers approached the villa, numerous empty beer cans were observed at both the front and rear entrances, which were standing open.

Inside the villa, seven minors from Chicago were located and were found to have been consuming alcoholic beverages. All seven subjects were charged with illegal consumption and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.

One subject was also charged with possession of a fictitious driver’s license. Due to all of the arrestees being minors, their parents were contacted and had to drive from Chicago to take custody of their children.

“We take underage drinking very seriously. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of young people and they often involve the use of alcohol.” District 17 Commander Capt. Jeffrey Patterson said. “These arrests are an example of what will happen to young people who are caught drinking.

"They will be arrested and will have to pay the consequences for the decisions they made.”

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