The underage drinking charges against two Deep Run High School students have been thrown out.
Taylor Click and Madison Mitchell, both are 18-years-old, will have the opportunity to get the charge expunged from their record.
The incident happened at a school dance in February. Six students were involved.
The Commonwealth Attorney says a judge threw out the charges because an officer did not verify the students ages properly. But Henrico leaders say this case won't stop them from cracking down on underage drinking.
Here is the statement from Henrico Police:
Chief Middleton believes it was a good case with solid evidence and regrets the case was dismissed. We respect the courts and judges decisions and opinions and we will consult with the Commonwealths Attorney's Office to discuss best practices for future incidents.
Since our initiate began on March 15, 2013, 30 charges have been placed for underage possession of alcohol and 1 charge of DUI under 21 years of age.
We do not plan to modify our Zero Tolerance to underage drinking initiative as we know it will save lives. The critical importance of this initiative is not going to be minimized by the Police Division as a result of the outcome of this case. As prom season, graduations, beach week and warm weather are upon us, we all must get involved to set good examples for young people. They need to understand there are consequences for possessing or consuming alcohol. Our reminder to teens is this, if you are caught drinking underage or under the influence of alcohol while underage, you will be charged.
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