FALLBROOK – An 18‐year‐old Fallbrook teen is facing charges of violating the county’s Social Host Ordinance. Deputies from the Fallbrook Substation were called to a report of a woman screaming for help in the 300 block of Natalie Way just before midnight on Thursday, June 21.
When deputies arrived they found a minor passed out on a couch in the garage. Paramedics tried to wake up the teenage boy, but he was unresponsive. The minor was taken to Fallbrook Hospital for alcohol poisoning.
Deputies found several open beers, cans and liquor bottles throughout the garage and a beer pong table. They also smelled marijuana. In all, nine teenage boys were in the garage. None of them was old enough to buy alcohol.
18‐year‐old Christopher Fuetterlindsey was arrested, cited and released for violating the county’s Social Host Ordinance. Fuetterlindsey told deputies a friend got the alcohol for them for a birthday celebration.
The Sheriff’s Dept. advises citizens to remember that the legal drinking age is 21.
“Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. It’s against the law. Under Social Host rules, there are serious consequences for parents/adults who allow teens and their friends to consume alcohol in their homes. A social host does not have to be 21 years of age to be in violation of the law. The homeowner or property owner can be held liable for cost recovery. Social host violations may carry a fine of up to $1,000 on the first offense. Subsequent violations carry a fine of up to $2,000 or up to 32 hours of community service or up to 6 months in jail. You may also be held liable for injuries sustained by third parties as a result of the minor guest’s negligence. A social host can also be liable for the cost of responding law enforcement services.