Four more Barrington teens face alcohol charges


Barrington police charged four Barrington teenagers with various alcohol offenses last week.

A 16-year-old Barrington boy will be sent to the town’s juvenile hearing board after he was charged with possession of alcohol by an underage person on Monday, Aug. 26.

Police said the boy consumed alcohol at a small gathering of teenagers in a wooded area behind Primrose Hill School in July.

Police also charged three local girls — two 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old – who had attended the same underage drinking party.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said the 16-year-olds face possession charges, while the 17-year-old was charged with purchasing or procuring alcohol for minors. Police believe the 17-year-old altered a temporary driver’s license and used the ID to purchase two bottles of vodka from a Riverside liquor store.

“She (the 17-year-old girl) was actually responsible for providing alcohol on two occasions,” said Chief LaCross. “She’s going to Family Court, pleading her innocence.”

Chief LaCross said the cases for teenagers who cooperate with investigations are sent to the town’s juvenile hearing board, while those who do not face a trip to RI Family Court.


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