Lake Oswego

60 underage drinkers cited at Lake Oswego party; girl found unconscious

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Police and agents with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission broke up a Lake Oswego house party where they said dozens of teenagers were drinking Saturday night.

A 17-year-old girl was found unconscious in the basement. Medics rushed her to a hospital. Details of her condition were not available.

Around 60 kids received citations at the party. Most were minor in possession of alcohol (MIP) citations handed out by OLCC agents. One person was cited for giving minors alcohol and a place to drink it.

Officers called the Oregon Liquor Control Commission after they responded to a noise complaint near the house on Knaus Road. Police called the OLCC when they saw there were too many people at the party for them to handle.

“The larger the gathering, the greater the risk of more risky behavior,” said Lake Oswego Police Sgt. Tom Hamman. “So in an incident like this when you have 60 or so people, a lot of drinking going on, there’s much more peer pressure, more alcohol being consumed.”

Most, if not all of the party goers were Lewis and Clark College students. Christie Scott with the OLCC said the students were partying at a rented house that they thought was far enough away from the college that campus security would not be able to find them. Neighbors told investigators that there had been several recent parties at the house.

Scott said several kids at Saturday’s party were 17 or younger.

One neighbor complained to police that the kids damaged their fence while trying to run from police. Another neighbor told KATU he found vodka bottles smashed in his driveway.

Scott said the OLCC and Lewis and Clark College have had a partnership to fight underage drinking for several years. According to Lewis and Clark, there were 13 hospitalizations during the 2011-2012 school year. After the college started working with OLCC, during the 2012-2013 year, there were nine.

Correction: A previous version of this story said there were 30 hospitalizations. That information came from the OLCC. But it is not clear where it got that number. Lewis and Clark says 30 is incorrect.