A prank on an intoxicated 15-year-old backfired at an underage drinking party and led to the citation of 38 minors for being in possession of liquor.

Officers responded to a report of a young girl with a black eye trapped in a bathroom in the 1200 block of South Columbia Street during the first weekend of spring break. Officers arrived to find an underage drinking party. The female who was intoxicated did not have a black eye and had been locked in a closet as a prank.

Officers dispersed the party and cited 10 minors, between 18 and 21 years old and 28 juveniles, under the age of 18, for minor in possession of liquor. The minors were issued citations while the parents and guardians of the juveniles were contacted. They face minor in possession charges through their respective juvenile courts. None of those cited live in Clatsop County; most reside in the Portland area.

“This is the largest party we have uncovered where we were able to conduct a controlled party dispersal and cite everyone involved,” said Police Chief Bob Gross.

The Seaside Police Department has a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking, Gross said.

Other activity over the first weekend of spring break included four shoplifters, six warrants, two arrests for disorderly conduct, one arrest for criminal trespass and one DUII arrest.

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