On Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at approximately 11:48 p.m., Patrolman Mitchell White was dispatched to 118 Butler Avenue on a report of underage persons drinking alcohol. Patrolmen White, Adamski, and Harms arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with the occupants of the residence. They were met at the front door by Daniel Doering, age 18, who stated that he lived at the residence with his father who was out of town visiting family. At the rear of the house officers observed multiple juveniles surrounded by open containers of beer as well as the living room, kitchen, and side room of the house.
Upon speaking with the occupants it was determined that everyone was under the age of 21. Each person was directed to make a phone call to a parent or guardian that was to pick them up at the residence. While speaking with the occupants, there was a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the their breaths. However, no one appeared to be heavily intoxicated.
All occupants were subsequently turned over into the custody of a parent or guardian and released from the scene.
Mr. Doering stated that he received the alcohol on Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth. He stated he paid an unidentified male $10.00 to buy bottles of Corona and Coors Lite beer. Mr. Doering stated that he was charging the occupants $5.00 at the door to enter the house.
The home was secured and Mr. Doering left the scene in the custody of his mother for the evening. All occupants and parents/guardians were informed that possible charges were pending due to the age of the occupants of the house.
Mr. Doering was charged with 2C:33:15(a) (possession of alcohol under 21 year of age) and 2C:33:17 (offering or serving alcohol to the under-aged).