A total of 15 juveniles were detained by the Elkin Police Department on Sunday, Sept. 8 after a 911 call alerted authorities to an alleged underage drinking party.
Police responded to 357 Ivy Circle in Elkin at 12:57 a.m. where they witnessed an alleged party in progress on the property.
The property address is the residence Jeffrey Eidson. According to the Surry County Board of Elections, Eidson is a candidate running for Elkin’s Board of Commissioner position in November.
“It was determined that several of the juveniles had been drinking (alcohol),” said Captain Kim Robison of the Elkin Police Department.
“The 15 juveniles were detained and turned over to their parents at the scene,” said Robison.
Robison confirmed that Eidson was home during the party, but was inside the house. The teenagers gathered on the side and rear corridor of the property.
Police did not know how the party developed, how many attendees originally attended the party, or if any minors had left the party after consuming alcohol.
Captain Robison said all of the guests were invited to the scene and had not crashed the party.
According to the captain, the kids would not say where the alcohol came from and the Eidsons did not know how the alcohol was provided to them.
No charges were filed against the property owner.
“We did not have any direct evidence to prove that the homeowner willfully and knowingly provided alcohol to minors,” said Robison.
No charges were filed against any of the juveniles.
According to Robison, the responding officer did not feel that turning the minors over to the juvenile detention center was in the best interest of the minors.
“State law allows discretion for an officer at the scene in these matters. It was determined that turning over the … kids to their parents was best. That was done,” said she said.
Robison also indicated that the case was presented to the district attorney’s office.
“Prosecution was declined,” she said.
The names of the juveniles involved in the incident were not released. State law protects the privacy of juveniles charged with a crime unless they are 16 years of age or older.
Calls to Jeffrey Eidson’s residence and to the district attorney’s office were not immediately returned.
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