CMC students charged with Social Host violation
April 28, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Four Colorado Mountain College students, ages 19 and 20 years old, were charged with violation of the Steamboat Springs Social Host Ordinance after a party Friday.
Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner said a total of 22 tickets for minor in possession of alcohol were distributed that night, including four to the tenants of the home in the 1300 block of Blue Sage Drive. The tenants were renters, and the owners of the property were not charged.
Eighteen of the MIP tickets will go through Routt County Court, but the tickets for the four tenants were directed to municipal court so they could be charged with the Social Host Ordinance violation at the same time, Coyner said.
Both courts can levy fines and revoke driver's licenses, Coyner said.
The ordinance was designed to punish anyone who knowingly provides a place for underage drinking. Coyner said it does not matter how old the offenders are, as long as they are the people who allowed the underage drinking to happen at that location.
"You can be 17 and get a social host (violation) if you knowingly provide a place for underage drinking to occur," he said. The ticket is the same if the person is older than 21.
The names of those charged were not available.
Officers originally were called to the address because of a noise violation. Police said most of the people drinking at the party were college-age, and officers also arrested a 20-year-old Steamboat woman on an outstanding warrant and suspicion of driving while ability impaired.