Friday, February 14, 2014

Two teen girls caught in Downtown PDX bar after sneaking away from school field trip

 by Christie Scott

Two teenage girls and a 22-year-old man were taken into custody in Portland’s Old Town.  The two girls (ages 14 and 15) had snuck out of an overnight field trip with their school and tried to enter four Old Town bars before gaining access into a fifth bar with a 22-year-old man.    
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The two girls were spotted by a bouncer at one of the night clubs in Old Town.  When they couldn’t produce identification, they went to three other neighboring clubs, where they were also denied entry.  Out of concern, the first bar’s bouncer contacted OLCC inspectors about the two very young-looking girls when he saw them leaving with a man after the third bar. 

OLCC inspectors found the two girls and the 22-year-old man at Harlem, 220 SW Ankeny; where the girls were drinking alcohol supplied by the 22-year-old. 

OLCC Public Safety Director, John Eckhart commends the bouncer for being proactive in contacting the OLCC inspectors and preventing the two young girls from getting into more trouble.  OLCC relies heavily on relationships with the businesses in Old Town to address alcohol issues downtown.

The girls were cited with Minor in Possession, the 22-year-old was arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors, and the club will be charged administratively.  The girls were released to school authorities at the scene.

OLCC inspectors work routinely with Portland Police, bouncers, and security in Old Town in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

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