Alcohol often accompanies crimes because it can impair judgment, and make people act in ways they otherwise would not. In some instances though, such as in the case of underage drinking or drunk driving, alcohol consumption or possession can be the basis of the crime.

Police have recently filed a number of criminal charges, including a number of recent citations and even an arrest, for underage drinking in and around Delaware County, and, particularly, in Haverford. On the night of November 30, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl received tickets at Virginia Avenue and Shelbourne Road. The boy, who was also cited for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, was taken to the police station after allegedly refusing to cooperate.

On December 1, police checked out a 17-year-old hanging out in front of the Skatium for violating curfew. Police say they then discovered the person appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and took the teen into custody before releasing the youth to a parent.

The next night, three men at Haverford College, an 18-year-old, a 19-year-old, and a 20-year-old, reportedly received tickets for underage drinking after police responded to a report of alcohol poisoning. The 18-year-old and 20-year-old were sent to the hospital. Lastly, on December 3, two 19-year-olds were given tickets at the 2600 block of County Line Road.

Of course, an underage person does not have to be drunk in order to get into alcohol-related trouble with the law. On December 1, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old were cited for allegedly stealing a bottle of liquor from a store in the Manoa Shopping Center. Any potential theft aside, mere possession of alcohol would have been enough to issue the youths a citation.

In that vein, and with the recent rash of underage drinking reports, it would also be worthwhile to mention that a minor does not have to actually be drunk in order to get into trouble for drunk driving. Ohio has a zero alcohol tolerance policy for underage drivers, which means that virtually any detection of alcohol in a minor's system is enough to bring drunk driving charges. Actual sobriety is irrelevant.

Source: Delaware County News Network, "Underage drinkers keep police busy in Haverford," Catherine Sutton-Martin, Dec. 13, 2012