Three teenagers were charged with underage drinking and using tobacco, police say, after authorities found them with a homemade pipe and a bag of red leaf tea, an herbal concoction they said they smoked while sitting in a parked car outside a York middle school on Friday.
Police were sent to Harold C. Johnson Middle School on East Jefferson Street at about 10:30 p.m. after receiving calls about a suspicious person in the area, according to a York Police report. When officers arrived, they found a car in the back parking lot and a pile of vomit on the ground, closest to the passenger’s side door.
Inside the car were three teenage boys, two of them 17 and one 14. The car smelled of alcohol, the report states, and one of the boys sat in the back seat smoking a cigarette.
One of the boys told police they were waiting for one of their friends, the report states. He said that he and the two others drank alcoholic Four Loko beverages and had been smoking tea leaves.
He gave the officer a bag of red leaf tea, while the other two teens confirmed that they had been drinking.
Officers also found a homemade pipe in the floorboard, according to the report.
All three boys were arrested and charged as minors in possession of alcohol and minors in possession of tobacco, the report states. One of the 17-year-olds was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
The two older boys were taken to jail, but later released with a summons to appear in court. The 14-year-old boy was issued a court summons and released to his guardian.