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Date of Release: March 15, 2008

Reference: Underage alcohol house party


On March 14, 2008 at 9:33 PM Portsmouth officers stopped a motor vehicle containing one young adult driver and five juveniles. When officers located a case of beer in the vehicle and a quantity of marijuana, the driver of that vehicle was subsequently arrested and charged with transportation of an alcoholic beverage and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle. She is identified as:

Faith Anne Pedelose
1508 White Cedar Blvd
Portsmouth, NH

All five juveniles were placed in protective custody. All vehicle occupants were ultimately released to their respective parents.

An investigation continues into the identity of the person(s) who supplied the minors with the alcohol and drugs.

Later, as a result of further investigation, information was gained that an underage drinking party may be underway at 35 Hampshire Rd. in Portsmouth. Several Portsmouth officers responded to this address at 10:33 PM and found twenty four youths engaged in an underage alcohol party. Officers detained all occupants and determined their ages and checked for evidence of alcohol consumption. As a result of this investigation, nine (9) young adults received violation summonses for unlawful possession/intoxication by consumption of an alcoholic beverage. Two juveniles and one highly intoxicated young adult were taken into protective custody and released to parents. Only those adults who showed no signs or submitted to a preliminary breath test showing no alcohol consumption were released from the scene without charges.



The following individual was arrested for Facilitating an Underage Alcohol House Party and Unlawful possession of alcohol:

Nicholas Knowlton
35 Hampshire Rd.
Portsmouth, NH

In the interest of public safety, the Portsmouth Police Department maintains a no tolerance policy for alcohol related violations/crimes.

The minimum mandatory penalty for underage possession of alcohol (includes intoxication by consumption of alcohol by a minor under 21 yoa) is: $300. This fine is set by NH State Statute and is not negotiable. A second offense carries a mandatory minimum fine of $600. The court may also suspend the minor’s driving privileges.

Providing a person under 21 years of age with an alcoholic beverage and the crime of Facilitating a Drug or Underage Alcohol House Party are both Class A misdemeanors and carry a possible fine of up to $2000 and one year imprisonment. The implications of either crime cause NH courts to treat perpetrators of these crimes with great concern.

The individual charged may also be liable for civil damages related to providing alcohol to that minor person or anyone injured as a result thereof.


 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500