Four intoxicated teens caused mayhem outside the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center late Wednesday night, earning themselves an overnight stay in the very same facility, according to a Sandusky police report.
The girls, ages 14 to 17, were all charged with underage consumption, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and a curfew violation. Two girls received an additional obstruction charge, and one other landed an underage tobacco possession charge.
Fed-up Justice Center employees called Sandusky police to the Tiffin Avenue detention home just after 11 p.m.
They told officers a group of unruly children were running amok around the building’s exterior, pounding on inmates’ windows and yelling, according to the report. Staff members had already chased the girls off the property numerous times, but the drunken teens continued to return, the report said.
When officers arrived they saw two girls banging on a window. The girls fled on foot, but an officer caught up and arrested them. Their two friends also tried to flee, but another officer who was lying in wait caught them.
Two girls initially refused to provide their names, and surveillance footage later showed one trying to pass off her pack of cigarettes to a friend, prompting the additional tobacco and obstruction charges.
The teens didn’t have far to go once they were arrested. Officers took down their information and escorted them into the building.