Four young men from East Providence and one from Barrington are facing various police charges after they reportedly met for a small beer party inside Haines Park last week.
Police and fire department officials responded to the area near the Haines Park boat launch at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, after receiving a phone call for a brush fire in that location. By the time local police arrived, East Providence police had detained five young men traveling in two vehicles after they tried to leave the park. Police said the young men had lit a fire inside one of the barbecue pits at the park, which eventually prompted the brush fire call.
Police said the men had consumed most of a 30-pack of beer — officers found a few full cans and a number of empties. It was unclear how long the young men had been at the park.
Police charged Riverside residents Andrew William Vine, 20, and Shane M. Grant, 20, with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol-first offense. Blood alcohol levels registered just above the legal limit for Mr. Vine and Mr. Grant, who agreed to take breathalyzer tests.
Police also charged Riverside’s Joshua J. Howard, 19, and Barrington’s Michael Andreozzi, 20, with possession of an alcoholic beverage by an underage person.
Jesus Antonio Diaz Bueno, 21, of East Providence, faces a charge of purchase/procurement of alcohol for minors; police say Mr. Diaz Bueno bought the 30-pack of beer shared by members of the group.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said the five individuals were very respectful of police officers during the incident.