Friday, August 15, 2003
Teens pulled in on drinking charges
Officer Michael Burgess thought he might be assisting a disabled vehicle about 10 p.m. on August 4 when he was patrolling on North Road and pulled in beside a car with its hood up and five teenagers standing beside the vehicle. Instead, he ended up arresting one and summonsing the four others for possession of alcohol and trespassing.
Odor, beer cans lead to arrest
The youths, all from Chelmsford and all under 21, were all charged with trespassing (the boat launch is closed after dusk) and with possession of alcohol. The owner and operator of the car was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance found in the car. A 16-year-old girl was held at the station until her parents came to pick her up. The operator was released on bail and appeared in court the following day. The others will be summonsed in the near future.
Although the owner, who was looking under the hood when Burgess arrived on the scene, initially said, "I need fluid," the strong odor of beer, the presence of cans on the ground, and a styrofoam keg with 31 beers in it, led to the charges and the subsequent arrests.
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