Officers found a young man unconscious and drunk at the scene of an unruly 100-person party Monday night, the Eugene Police Department said. The investigation ended with 2 people jailed and 7 others cited.
Police plan stepped up "party patrols" as university students return to town, with offenders going to the Springfield Jail. A new city proposal would hold party hosts - and their landlords - responsible for underage drinking.
Behind every tale of a young person in trouble with alcohol is usually some adult who bought the booze or hosted the party. A new "social host ordinance" authorizes sheriff's deputies to fine parents or other adults who host parties for underage drinkers.
Adults who host parties and allow underage drinking will face fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 -- and could be charged the actual cost of sending sheriff's deputies to break up the party -- under a new law approved Tuesday.