Police bust up underage hockey celebration in Darien
Updated 1:33 pm, Wednesday, March 30, 2016
UPDATE: According to the state's attorney, the case against Scott Voigt was dismissed.
DARIEN — Scott Voigt, 18, of Allwood Road, was issued an infraction for possession of alcohol by a minor on March 19 after police broke up what they were told was a party to celebrate a hockey victory.
Arriving officers observed several high school-aged youths in the driveway. As they approached the home, one of the partygoers yelled, “The cops are here!” and the teens took off in different directions, police said.
As the officers came to the front door they saw more youths inside and a can of beer in the mudroom, visible from outside the home. The officers entered the house and another youth yelled “Cops!” prompting an exodus of about 40 youths from the basement and out various doors, police said.
Police entered the basement and saw a ping-pong table littered with beer cans and plastic cups, as well as beer cans, vodka bottles, gelatinshots and empty beer cases scattered throughout the room.
The police then encountered Voigt, who was hosting the party. Police said Voigt immediately became agitated, questioned the officer’s authority, demanded to know why they entered the house and if they had rung the doorbell prior to entering, and asked if they had actually seen youths running from the house.
Officers said Voigt appeared to be drunk, and then spoke to his twin brother, who was not charged. Voigt’s brother said the siblings had intended on having a party to celebrate a hockey victory and that there were supposed to be only 30 people, but that more people began to show up. He said the partygoers provided the beer, according to police.
When Voigt was asked to contact his parents, he instead chose to first call an unknown person and then call someone whom he claimed was his lawyer, police said. Voigt then demanded that a police supervisor who arrived at the scene answer his questions, the report said.
Voigt’s mother arrived, and the few remaining youths were picked up by parents.
Mark Sherman, Voigt’s lawyer, was confident the charge would be dismissed.
“It’s equivalent to a speeding ticket. And while we appreciate the Department’s efforts to curb underage drinking, these campaigns to publicly and falsely shame and accuse teenagers and their families of misconduct they didn’t commit just fosters more barriers."