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City police break up teen party at motel

BY KEITH EPPS

A Fredericksburg girl’s 17th birthday party ended unhappily early Sunday when police showed up and cited her and 10 friends for underage drinking.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said officers responded to complaints about a loud party in a room at the Hampton Inn on Hospitality Lane about 1 a.m.

An employee told police that teenagers were going in and out of the room and were disturbing other patrons.

Officers knocked on the door and initially got no answer. But after a few minutes, a teenage boy opened the door and allowed police to enter, Bledsoe said.

Beer cans, liquor bottles and trash were strewn about the room, and police found 13 teens hiding in a bathroom and a closet.

Police directed the teens, most of whom live in the city, to blow into a device that measures blood-alcohol content. It showed that 10 of them had been drinking, police said.

And one party-goer had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, according to police.

All of the teens were between the ages of 15 and 17, except for one 18-year-old who had not been drinking, police said.

All of the teenagers were released to their parents or guardians; referrals for the ones who had been drinking were sent to juvenile intake authorities.

Bledsoe said it appeared that an older sibling of the birthday girl had rented the room. The sibling was not present when police arrived.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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