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Deputies bust late night party
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Eighteen people, including three juveniles, were reportedly caught consuming alcohol underage after deputies crashed a late night party.

Sunday morning, four Newton County Deputies were dispatched to Newton Factory Bridge Road where juveniles were reportedly armed with handguns were fighting while drunk.

When the deputies arrived, the officers reportedly observed numerous young people standing in the driveway and in the garage. The front yard, driveway and garage were all littered with beer cans and bottles.

When they approached the side of the house, the deputies saw some people running through the back yard. One of the deputies located four subjects in the woods behind the house.

Deputy M. E. Roberts entered the house where there were more juveniles throughout the house. Roberts reported there were beer cans, bottles and boxes scattered in every room in the house.

The deputies rounded everyone into the living room where identifications were taken. Roberts counted 25 people on location, none of whom were 21-years-old. Of the 25 people, five were between the age of 15 and 16, while there were 20 between the age of 17 and 20. The home owner, Christopher Johnson, was also 20-years-old.

Field sobriety tests were conducted. Three juveniles and 15 adults were reportedly found to have consumed alcohol.

Johnson reportedly denied having bought the beer and no other person present confessed to the crime.

NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson said incidents involving so many underage people were an infrequent occurrence in Newton County.

"But when teenagers get together to party, alcohol is usually involved," Watterson said.

Three juveniles were issued complaints and all five were released to parents or guardians. Fourteen underage adults were issued citations for the county ordinance of disorderly conduct. Johnson was placed under arrest for three counts of contributing to delinquency of a minor and disorderly house.