ENCINITAS (CNS) - A high school graduation, a house with the parents gone, and an 18-year-old left home alone combined into a massive party, and may leave the young man facing charges.
Two people were arrested in connection with the underage drinking party in Encinitas and the host who threw the party while his parents were away will be investigated for violating the social host ordinance, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Sunday.
Deputies were called out to a loud party in the 3100 block of Brookside Lane, near Camino Del Rancho, about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, deputies said.
They arrived to find about 200 people inside a house, some of whom were hiding in closets and bathrooms, along with a large amount of alcohol, deputies said.
The party was shut down and deputies called the underage revelers' parents to pick them up, officials said.
The alleged host told deputies his parents were out of town and he threw the party after recently graduating from high school, a sheriff's report stated.
A 20-year-old man was arrested two blocks away from the party for suspicion of being drunk in public and a 17-year-old boy was arrested for suspicion of the same offense as well as for allegedly violating curfew and resisting arrest, sheriff's officials said.
Sheriff's officials said teen host could be fined up to $1,000 for a first offense and up to a $2,000, and be sentenced to 32 hours of community service or six months in jail for subsequent offenses.
Those found in violation of the ordinance could also be held liable for injuries if any drunks hurt people, and could be stuck with a bill for the sheriff's manpower costs, deputies said.
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