18-year-old Fallbrook male arrested for hosting underage drinking party

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.

42 Responses to "18-year-old Fallbrook male arrested for hosting underage drinking party"

  1. 18 years old   June 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    There was one minor and not a single girl there. No one was arrested and the kid left the hospital less then 5hours later!

  2. parent   June 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    This is what happens with no adult supervision, and in this case the mom usually knows anyway. These kids will only learn the hard way and unfortunately for them, it may take one of them dieing to get it. But seriously, this town is boring for kids, idle hands are the devils work. One of the most dangerous things in today’s society is teenage boys who are bored and looking for something to do. Unfortunately for these boys, all their imaginations can think of is getting drunk. What a waste. GROW UP BOYS AND GIRLS! There is more to life than that.

  3. Ozzy   June 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    the cops walked in the house wit out asking and wit out a warrant!! we know the law and our rights, and they did was not right!!

  4. Brosef   June 23, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Youth is wasted on the young….

  5. Route 66   June 23, 2012 at 2:35 am

    It’s a tragedy- and a challenge to teens to the peer pressures of adolescence. Align yourselves with Good Things…and Good People. They seem hard to find when "adults" themselves set a poor example: th ugliness and diviseness of political extremism / racism / unbalanced ideologies / greed / …and among the many other "Deadly Sins" and human vices and frailties. It comes down to the Choice for Hope! There are two paths to take : one that leads to negative feedback and struggles in life; and another, that seeks much more positive, happy experiences throughout you very short time here on Earth. I pray for the youth of today…there are too many visible and negative influences and examples from "adults", but don’t despair, search hard in the calamity and caucaphony of the Human Maelstrom – there is beauty love hope and peace compassion – for which we must all strive. Pray for each next generation – that they may seek these good Things.

  6. ...   June 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Yeah, that’s what teenagers do. Glad nobody decided to drive. We were all that age once…

  7. ...   June 23, 2012 at 9:45 am


  8. soso   June 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    So where was the screaming woman?
    Was that just a ruse to enter the home without a warrant?

  9. Your mom   June 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Party all day

  10. Good Grief   June 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Yes Ozzy, you sound very intelligent…. I’m sure you know your rights and gosh, you spell good too.

  11. Vet and Citizen   June 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Village News needs to keep us updated on current stories. VN usually does this quite well, but this is old, news, and not really that big of a deal.

    Most of the staff at VN, law enforcement, etc.. could have been in the same shoes as these young adults, if they had been caught when they were younger. They just got lucky they weren’t.

    Remember,point 1 finger at someone, you get 3 pointed back at you. But I do hope that these youngsters do learn to keep away from hard and dangerous drugs, at any age, such as alcohol, tabacco, energy drinks, etc.. which can not benefit you in the long run. God Bless

    This story, which came directly from the Sheriff’s Dept., was based on an incident that took place on June 21, which at this point in time, was 4 days ago. I bet to differ that this is “old” news.
    Not sure what your intent is in insinuating that the Village News is “pointing fingers” at anyone. Usually when we get these types of accusations it’s because someone is related in some way to the individual that got in trouble and is trying to divert the attention to another entity that has no control over who gets in trouble and who doesn’t.
    We just report on the news, we don’t create it. As fellow citizens of this community, we are just thankful none of these individuals involved sustained injuries, etc. We don’t hold ourselves above the fallacies of being human, either. —- Debbie Ramsey

  12. 2 real   June 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Thats one of the many reasons I moved my son out of Fallbrook! Now he’s helping another town win CIF football Championships!

  13. Reality Checker   June 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Ozzy, I guess you don’t know the law when it comes to exigent circumstances. What the polic did was wrong? How is that? Because they did thier jobs and that was inconvenient for a bunch of juveniles kids? I guess the cops should just have gone and got some doughnuts and just left everything alone huh?
    When people are caught breaking the law, it’s always the cops did something wrong, when someone else breaks the law, the cops never come fast enough to help you. Can’t have it both ways, Ozzy.

  14. ozzy   June 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    if there was a girl screaming then where is she now? why hasn’t she come forward? it sounds like a bunch of bull to me. and Christopher was NOT arrested so get your facts straight!

  15. Bob   June 25, 2012 at 5:43 am

    It’s too bad there’s really nothing at all in Fallbrook for teens to do. As the parent of a teen, I know there are no activities in town for them, like there were when we were young. Not all teens are looking for trouble. Those that are will find it, but for those that are looking for something fun and wholesome to do, there’s just nothing here for them. Seriously, where do good kids go these days to meet other good kids to hang out with and have good clean fun?

  16. reality based youth   June 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

    @5 prayer is a waste of time. there is no "god" "gods" "godesses" magic sky fairies etc

  17. Common sense   June 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

    No matter how much you advise youth on the dangers of drinking/smoking/drugs/etc., they have to learn for themselves. If kids want to get drunk, they will get drunk. Everyone should know this, we were all young once. Also, @16, I will pray that God will show mercy on your soul. If you really don’t believe in a God, i feel sorry for you. God bless.

  18. xxxxx   June 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Ozzy, you are an excuse maker. The bottom line is they were in the wrong. Nothing good comes from alcohol and drugs. Trust me. Reality based youth. God is real and I feel really bad for you if you do not believe that. Prayer is all we have and without it there is no hope. Look around you. Look at what happens when prayer is taken out of our schools and out of our society. Disaster…that is what happens. Please believe.

  19. Sea Lawyer   June 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm


    If the person was cited (I will break that one down for you, not sure what level of education you have, it

  20. wildheart   June 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Debbie: Per Vet and Citizen’s comment, I certainly agree that you’re (FVN) reporting the news here and what ran on June 22 is not old nor unwarranted news. Multi-issues affiliated with youth substance use and abuse should not be downplayed or ignored. They do present a big deal in the short and long run, not only to individuals and families, but to communities and society-at-large. The FVN article is an important local piece up for continued news unfolding, discussion, and potential action. Among other things, the likes of alcohol poisoning or someone intoxicated getting behind the wheel of a car and running into an innocent on-comer or wrapping their vehicle around a tree isn’t remotely funny. Violence, particularly youth violence, proliferates with alcohol use/abuse, as does teen pregnancy. How many adult alcoholics and drug addicts began their path of substance abuse as teens or pre-teens even? I commend the Sheriff’s Department for taking action as they did and for the Village News for reporting and updating on it.

  21. Age old problem   June 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    These types of parties are legendary in Fallbrook and it’s about time that law enforcement pressure started getting hotter. It would be great to see patrols every weekend all over town breaking up these parties and arresting and writing tickets. We all know the streets they should cruise up and down.

  22. Mrs Smith   June 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I hate all the ‘F#@* the Police’ attitudes. Tell me ONE other job, that EVERYONE hates you unless they need you for something. How many times have you heard someone say, where is a cop when you need one? Yet the next sentence is FTP. BUT if you need help, they better RUSH to your aid and take care of business. The police are just doing their darn job and kudos to them. Sorry bro, if they knew you were doing something ILLEGAL, they had every right to come into the house.

  23. grunt   June 26, 2012 at 6:21 am

    @bob – what type activities did you have as a kid? (Not trying to argue, just interested). We made our own, centered around the church and school usually. Would be nice to take a building and convert it into a "teen club" with adult supervision, but do not think many would attend. Instead, look to the churchs, most have programs for teens.

  24. Fallbrook Resident Since 86   June 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Young people being stupid and sneaky is an age old phenomena. If they’re lucky all they get is sick and hung-over …………..if not they get arrested or someone gets hurt or worse.

    The kid that got arrested had everything going for him after graduation and now he has an arrest record as well as parents that will no longer be able to trust him.

    Way to go.

  25. Linda   June 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

    You will be hearing Ozzy’s name in the future in the Village News, hopefully he will be OK, but sounds like he likes his booze and not cops.

  26. ...   June 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hey Ozzy…first you type all ghetto ("wit out"), then another reply in proper text….Be one of the other. Make up your mind and don’t "front" poser.

  27. watch the judgement   June 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Just a couple of comments…. 1) my child was not at this party, however I am not not the "blind" parent that wants to pretend that this is not happening at many locations, every weekend in Fallbrook and everyother town in the country. My child has been to a party. 2) I don’t like it or condone it. I don’t believe that any parent wants their child out drinking or anything else, but get a clue…. most every kid in this age range has at least tried alcohol or more! 3) You don’t know these kids or anything about them – only the gossip. Watch how much you judge – it is amazing how often I hear a parent talk about someone elses child and what they do wrong…. open your stinking eyes…. your kid is doing it too!

  28. Emerald Ridge Resident   June 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Now maybe they all got a scare and will stop driving like maniacs in my neighborhood. Especially the one with the red truck. I saw all the cars parked on the street that night and just glad they were there in the morning and nobody drove home intoxicated. Now I know why. I raised children in this town and had to deal with the parties. Its not a lack of things to do in Fallbrook. Its a lack of discipline and awareness of where and what your children are doing. There are the same things to do here for young people as in Escondido and Carlsbad…

  29. You're kiddin', right???   June 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    @ #2 – "this town is boring for kids", #5 – "Align yourselves with Good Things…and Good People. They seem hard to find when "adults" themselves set a poor example", #12 – "Thats one of the many reasons I moved my son out of Fallbrook! Now he’s helping another town win CIF football Championships!", #15 – "It’s too bad there’s really nothing at all in Fallbrook for teens to do. As the parent of a teen, I know there are no activities in town for them, like there were when we were young. Not all teens are looking for trouble. Those that are will find it, but for those that are looking for something fun and wholesome to do, there’s just nothing here for them. Seriously, where do good kids go these days to meet other good kids to hang out with and have good clean fun?"

    Have to agree with #28’s comment – "Its not a lack of things to do in Fallbrook. Its a lack of discipline and awareness of where and what your children are doing. There are the same things to do here for young people as in Escondido and Carlsbad…"

    It’s hard to believe that some of you who have lived in Fallbrook for such a long time are unaware of the opportunities available for the children and teens (and parents) IN this community, unless you choose to ignore them or are too lazy to put forth the effort to get you or your children/teenagers involved with them or are too busy drinking yourself. Are you the same ones who complain about the education your children receive in Fallbrook schools but who fail to be involved with assisting the teachers and being involved with YOUR child’s education? Do you refuse to join the PTA, too, by claiming it’s a useless organization, but in reality are afraid it may require some action on your part?

    For the unknowing, here are just a few things available to do here IN Fallbrook that are available for CHILDREN and TEENS (as well as PARENTS and/or ANY ADULTS):

    Boys & Girls Club (that has a swimming pool) – bgcnorthcounty.com;
    Swimming Pool at the High School (for children through adults available for lap swim, swimming instruction, recreation, and Fallbrook Associated Swim Team – F.A.S.T.) – swimfast.com;
    4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, Health – numerous projects available for children and teens, and adult mentors to guide/educate in almost any area you want to pursue) – 4-h.org;
    Hot Summer Nites – http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/events/Hot-Summer-Nights_ET686.html;
    PTA (Parent Teacher Association) – pta.org;
    Pop Warner Football – fallbrookpopwarner.org;
    Girl Scouts (teenage girls & adults);
    Boy Scouts (teenage boys & adults);
    Cub Scouts (younger boys);
    Church Youth Groups
    Junior High and High Scool Clubs/Sports (too numerous of a variety to list)

    As you can see, there are plenty of activities IN Fallbrook for all people (young & old) to find something to do and participate in and NOT be bored. The above are just a few examples and their websites are listed, too. Many are low and/or no cost. If you are not part of the solution in assisting to guide our future generations, you may just be part of the problem. Get involved in one or more of these groups (or any of the other many respectable Fallbrook organizations) with your child. If you do not have a child, many of these organizations will be glad to have you as a mentor/leader/role model to other children and teens (or to assist with the behind the scenes paperwork and preparations required). Quit sitting behind the computer screen complaining and get out and do something that makes a positive difference in a child or teen’s life. That child or teen you mentor today could be the one who saves your life or makes it more enjoyable and comfortable tomorrow. Set a good example. Apologies for the long windedness.

  30. (   June 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    lol all the wannabe english teachers on here

  31. Bob   June 28, 2012 at 4:03 am

    As a teen we had bowling alleys within walking distance, cheap second run movie theaters, and roller skating rinks. We had a community education system that had classes and get togethers for teens. (It seems that community education programs end at a very young age here in Fallbrook.) We even had a community center that was a true community center, and was open approx 8am – 9pm weekdays and nearly as long on weekends, and offered basketball courts, volleyball courts, swimming pool etc as well as organized activities. You could purchase a membership or pay per visit but it was very affordable, probably even more so than a YMCA. We also had Church youth groups that were very active and open to non-members to come to the youth group for good, clean supervised fun times and didn’t focus on lots of "church-y" stuff during Youth Group. Youth Group was for fun times with friends, Church services were for "church-y" stuff if you wanted to go. I guess times were just different when I was a "young ‘un"

  32. Bob   June 28, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Emerald Ridge Resident,
    I agree that it is a matter of lack of discipline and awareness of where your children are and what they are doing that is the cause of these types of parties. But as a good parent, who is aware of where my children are and what they are doing, and whose children, thankfully, have no desire to participate in the party lifestyle there is a severe lack of things for them to do in our small town. Escondido and Carlsbad have much more to offer in terms of things to do. And I’m sure you know that idle teens who aren’t being supervised and disciplined will get into trouble, while those who are supervised and disciplined will not get into trouble but would sure like to have some options for clean fun right here in our town. But I suppose the ill behaved teens in town ruin it for all the teens.

  33. JM   June 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Emerald Ridge Resident…Did you grow up here? I did and its your attitude that continues to keep fallbrook a potential boring place to live. Dont compare it to escondido or carlsbad that both boast malls, bowling alleys and such a wide range of amenities that targets the market of teenagers. Fallbrook will never have all of these without sacrificing the lovely town that we know today. Escondido and Carlsbad are both cities and offer way more business and entertainment than a smaller town could ever have. Fallbrook doesnt have these services and the influence that older citizens have on this town keeps it the safe friendly village we’ve always known it as however the community strays away from supporting local events and businesses geared toward teenagers. Infact their is no business for direct entertainment except the bonsall movie theatre. The market is there and im surprised a business has tried to take advantage of it. Every year high schoolers have planned Sports Day at Peppertree Park where everyone shows up to play sports and socialize but every year the cops kick them out because their trespassing. Why doesnt Ingold host an event like this? Instead kids have to think outside the box and search for fun activities to do to the point where they are organizing and hosting their own events. Sometimes their sports day or Deluz day but their also parties that are being hosted. There are active things to do here but as for social gatherings and events, teenagers only option are to go to parties. Now every town deals with parties and it will always be around but when I was in high school here, the parties were our only option for seeing and socializing with everyone we knew. The town ignores the high school and its students unless to complain and relies on the high school for entertaining our towns teenagers. The teenagers are aware of this lack of care by our community which gives them a false sense of freedom. We obviously shouldn’t promote these parties but we as a community only complain about the negative things that teenagers do to our friendly village but never encourage a postiive community and and give these teenagers a sense of support. Instead we all let teenagers roam the town freely and expect them to be able to entertain themselves but then ask WTF when their kids start doing drugs and alcohol, the two things that are way more abundant than any other form of "entertainment" in this town. All human beings are responsible for thier own choices and actions but we has a town can help give these teenagers a sense of community and promote more positive behaviors.

  34. Ray (the real one)   June 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

    JM: Fallbrook has nothing for our youth and yes, Carlsbad and Escondido do have malls and other activities but blame the residents of Fallbrook for not allowing growth and the FCPG for trying to keep Fallbrook in some vision or twisted image. On a daily basis at work I see overage drinking problems. Just last week, two people on base were taken to the hospital for alcohol intoxication, one tried to kill himself and another fell out of his second level rack and injured his spine, all these events were people over twenty one years of age. Now I do not approve of underage drinking but I also see no difference between eighteen and twenty one. If your old enough to die for your country, you should be allowed to have a cold beer. Now as I stated before during the Gibney issue, by the way, I supported Gibney because the situation got out of control, beyond what she could handle, no fault of her own. The only thing I disagreed with was her handling of the situation. Maybe if Fallbrook had more youth type activities, this would not happen as much. I suggested in a previous comment a non alcoholic dance youth type community club where the old Cask and Cleaver sits, activities could be controlled and the kids could be safe and what is slated for that area? another "yuppie-hillie" waste of time pottery or antique shop which nobody will patronize. Fallbrooks population is shifting, the older residents are passing on and the younger ones are growing in numbers, illegal immigration just adds to the problem with alcohol, drugs, crime and gangs. People of Fallbrook, wake up and do something for the youth.

  35. Jay   June 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    @You’re kiddin’, right???

    These are activities for younger teens/kids and older adults, not young adults in the 17-21 year age range for which there are 0 ‘fun’ activities to do in Fallbrook.

    No skate parks, no bowling allies, no arcades, no dance clubs, the ‘after high school’ sports leagues are inadequate, etc.

    So they drink.

  36. dont   June 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    worry… be happy :^)

  37. You're kiddin', right???   June 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    @ Jay and Others Unaware

    I’m sorry that you aren’t aware that the few organizations mentioned above are actually available to teens all the way through high school (except for the Pop Warner Football and Cub Scouts), and then beyond high school as mentors and leaders.

    And to add, many of these organizations plan and do the exact things you mentioned in your post, within their groups and organizations.

    I’m sorry that you and/or your family missed out on some of these opportunities growing up.

    Maybe the Village News could possibly do a story on each of these organizations, targeting a different one each week so that the uninformed can be informed and know what’s available for children and teens within our Fallbrook community.

    Also, what people need to keep in mind is that many towns the size of Fallbrook, and even larger, do not have skate parks, bowling alleys, arcades, etc. within walking distance or their immediate vicinity; they need to travel to get there, too. Temecula is just 15 minutes north, Escondido 20 minutes south, Oceanside 30 minutes east, and San Diego about an hour south. Most teens are driving these days when they are 16. If you, as a parent, have have done your job with raising your offspring I don’t think you will have a problem with letting your teen borrow the car occasionally. If you do, be a parent and get them where they need to go.

  38. public   June 29, 2012 at 12:46 am

    all I can do is laugh at some of these comments ha ha ha
    the truth will come out of what REALLY happened that night and some of you will like stupids for pointing fingers at the wrong person. there is three sides to every story and the truth will come out. just wait what will happen after his court date.
    and for those who don’t know Christopher personally, don’t judge a book by its cover or what you hear, because what you see or may hear could be false information. I know him personally and he is a good person with a good head on his shoulders. yea he has made some wrong decisions but honestly who can say that they haven’t before in there life.
    Christopher is a tough young man and has been through ALOT in his life and has proven to many others that he doesn’t let stupid people or stupid situations get to him.
    keep your head up bro!

  39. party enabler   June 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Ha you people are pathetic. Funny how you act like you’re better than everyone else. So you’re telling me when you were a kid you were a complete straight edge and did nothing wrong? Please! Live and learn. Obviously you guys have nothing better to do but rant and rave over a”party” in fallbrook. Like its the first time something like that has happened. Get your facts straight and think about what to write before you make a comment. Thanks!

  40. Bob   July 1, 2012 at 7:39 am

    You’re kidding right
    Thank you for the list of activities. There are a few new things for us to check out. My kids don’t swim and aren’t into sports at all, so that does eliminate some of the activities. However, 4H is one that we had not known about, and can check into. We’ve been checking out the churches trying to find good youth groups, as well.

  41. another mother   August 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Would anyone care to answer how much the sports programs cost? You need a family with some bucks to pay the fees and get the equipment and then you need a ride to and from.
    Not all people agree with your religion, probably a shock for you to hear that. All of the church events cost money too. There is no place in Fallbrook where you can show up and play basketball or skateboard or swim.
    Of course your kids may never try alcohol or sex or drugs when they are in Fallbrook, but they will be the sacraficial lambs on the college campus. Of course you may get a dorm room with your kid and insure they never have a nonapproved event in thier lives, but even after that they could be like Whitney Houston the sweet and innocent choir singer in highschool ultimately attracted to the bad boy Bobbie Brown.
    You’re kiddin right, I wish life was as perfect as your dreams.

  42. Emerald Ridge 2   August 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I am also a resident of this community. I have noticed that not one person ever said anything about the Mother who is responsible for these boys. Ever since they have moved into the neighborhood they have caused trouble. Non-stop parties. Single Mom who works 2 jobs and never home? Why wasn’t she held responsible? I am sick of everything that goes on with that family. They have moved from one home in our neighborhood to another. The best thing to do would be contacting the owner of the home!

    What concerns me most is the under age drinking and driving. They tear up and down our streets. One day they are going to ruin someone’s life as well as their own.

    I have been a resident here since the time these homes were built. They really have been the only problem our great neighborhood has had. They are responsible for hitting parked cars, trashing neighbors homes and disturbing the peace.

    I can’t wait to see them leave. I will be contacting the owner!


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