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March 27, 2013

New Albany house party ends at jailhouse

22 young adults, juveniles arrested for underage drinking-related offenses

NEW ALBANY — More than 20 area young adults and juveniles spent several hours of spring break with a stay in the Floyd County Jail.

New Albany Police Department officers responded to a home at 907 E. Elm Street about 1 a.m. Wednesday and took 22 people into custody for underage drinking. Only one of the party-goers arrested was over the age of 20, and six were under the age of 18. Each of the six juveniles gave positive samples for alcohol after portable breath tests were administered.

The three men who reside at the home, police reported, were each preliminarily charged with class D felony maintaining a common nuisance. They are Garrett L. Magers, 20; Dylan T. Bennett, 18; and Shawn M. Motley, 21. Magers and Motley were also preliminarily charged with contributing to a minor, a class A misdemeanor. Magers and Bennett were also preliminarily charged with possession of alcohol by a minor, a class C misdemeanor.

Maj. Keith Whitlow with NAPD said police were at the home for nearly 21⁄2 hours as the underage drinkers were placed into custody and transported to the jail. He said it’s likely there were more underage drinkers at the home, but that they were able to flee the area before being arrested.

Whitlow said at least six officers responded to the home before the area was cleared. He added that the incident generated so much paperwork that several officers most likely had to log overtime hours.

Whitlow and Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Andrew Sands both said sheriff’s deputies assisted in transporting the arrested to the jail.

“It caused a bit of an influx, but we are prepared to handle that type of thing,” Sands said of having the 16 adults brought to the jail at about 4 a.m. He said the crowd was likely more of an issue for the courts, which processed all the arrested adults Wednesday morning. All of the adults were held at the jail until they appeared in Floyd County Superior Court No. 2. Court officials said all the hearings were completed by early afternoon Wednesday. Sands said all of the adults arrested had been released from the jail on their own recognizance by 3 p.m.

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