West Hartford police cracking down on underage drinking following several incidents

(WTNH)–West Hartford Police say have made four arrests in the last week involving alcohol and under age drinking. First police stopped an altercation on New Year’s Day.

20-year-old Gina Dellagela was taken to the hospital for being highly intoxicated, and was later arrested for possession of fake ID’s.

Then police stopped a mother and and under-aged daughter from Farmington for fighting on Farmington Ave. Police suspect both had been drinking. Lt. Chris Chappell of the West Hartford police department said alcohol affects everyone differently, especially minors.

“At that age who knows what cold happen when they start drinking. If they make some bad decisions and they get behind the wheel of the car it can be catastrophic,” he said.

The Department of Transportation has awarded West Hartford police a $43,000 grant to help fight under age drinking. Lt. Chappell says they will use the money for more patrols, alcohol education as well as undercover enforcement.

“Going in and talk to the bar tenders and business owners and look for fake ID’s and make sure they are carding and doing all of the things they are supposed to be doing,” he said.

Businesses in the area say with the addition of Blue Back Square which is right around the corner from west Hartford center, it has brought in a lot of people from out of the area, to go to the bars and restaurants. Bartender Erin Larosa says while that is good for business the town and the bar tenders have to grow with that influx of people.

“It’s just paying attention to detail, and taking care of people and communicating with the staff managers and police and other business owners in the area to keep things the way they need to be.”

Larosa works at At Mcgladden’s Irish Public House, where they card and keep a close eye out for minors. Larosa welcomes any help he can get from the police in spotting fake ID’s.

We have always enjoyed working with the police and I think it’s wonderful that we all can work together as a team to make West Hartford the best it can be.”

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