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Ten teens arrested for underage drinking; one charged with DWI

The Concord police arrested 10 teenagers after breaking up an underage drinking party recently, taking some into custody at the Ridge Road home and finding others in vehicles nearby after up to 40 people had scattered.

Matthew Vlahos, 18, was charged with driving while intoxicated following the April 27 party.

John Connolly, 17, whose parents own the home where the teens had gathered, was charged with facilitating an underage drinking party.

Five other adults were arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol: 17-year-old MacArthur Watrous, 18-year-old Elizabeth Duval of Fox Cross Circle, 17-year-old Emily Quayle of Monroe Street, 17-year-old Billy Taylor of Fairview Drive and 18-year-old Jonathan Berry of Staniels Road in Chichester.

All of the adults, except for Berry, are students at Concord High School, according to the police. Berry is a student at Bishop Brady High School, the police said.

Three juveniles were also arrested, a 14-year-old female, 15-year-old female and 16-year-old male. The police were unsure where they attend school.

Officers were called to the home shortly before midnight April 27 and were told that a swarm of teens had just left, according to the police.

Connolly’s parents were there when officers arrived and told the police they had been due to return from a trip the next day but came back early when they suspected their son was having a party, an officer wrote in his report.

According to the police, Connolly told the officers that many of the people at the party had parked their cars at Memorial Field.

Berry, Duval, Watrous and the male juvenile were all arrested in a parking lot there, according to the police. An officer observed two other people running from the parking lot when she arrived but was unable to catch up to them.

Taylor and Quayle were arrested at the home after an officer observed Taylor trying to carry Quayle away on his back. According to the police, Taylor said he was designated to be the sober driver that evening, but the officer believed both of the teens were intoxicated. Quayle was barely able to stand, according to the police.

Vlahos was arrested about 1 a.m. by an officer who saw his car stopped on the side of South Fruit Street. A female juvenile who was leaning out the side of the car vomiting was also arrested, according to the police. While both Vlahos and the girl initially denied being at the party, they later admitted that they had been there, the police said.

According to the police, Connolly told officers that he believed some of the people at the party had planned to spend the night at his home so they wouldn’t have to drive home intoxicated. Connolly did not return a message left on his home’s answering machine yesterday afternoon.

Watrous, Duval, Quayle, Connolly and Berry are scheduled to be arraigned in Concord’s district court June 3. Vlahos will have his arraignment May 20, and Taylor’s is scheduled for June 10.

The male juvenile was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and issued a summons to appear in court June 10. The police said the other two juveniles were taken into protective custody but not charged.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

This story was updated on Dec. 2, 2013, to reflect a change in the initial charge faced by MacArthur Watrous.

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