PORT MOODY The celebration hadnt even begun before it ended for a Port Moody teen trying to get on a party bus over the weekend.
The incident began Friday night after Port Moody police came across a group of teens near Heritage Woods Secondary waiting to be picked up by a party bus.
Besides confiscating a small amount of booze from the group, the officers decided to wait until the bus arrived.
At that time, police said, an 18-year-old showed up looking to board the bus, but was deemed too drunk.
Instead she got a trip to the police station.
Police took the woman into custody for her own safety, but attending paramedics decided to take her to the hospital because of the amount of alcohol she had consumed.
She was released into the care of her mother a few hours later.
The force sent out this tweet following the incident: Party bus checked last night. Alcohol found and a youth was taken to the hospital because of a dangerously high level of intoxication.
The issue of party buses on the Lower Mainland has been in the spotlight after a teen in Surrey died on one earlier this month.
Both local police and youth workers suggest the buses are a concern.
Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke Van Winkel called the buses problematic, noting the force deals with the parties on wheels on a regular basis.
He said officers try their best to do liquor checks on the buses when they come across one.
However, he suggested the incident on the weekend was different.
In this case, police note there were parents chaperoning on the bus.
Which is a great improvement from what weve seen in the past, Van Winkel said, adding the bus driver also indicated he wasnt intending to let the drunken woman on the bus.
Hopefully thats a lesson some of the parents are learning from some of the tragedies that have happened, is that you need to physically be there, not just your credit card, he said.
Police did not identify the party bus company and could not say if it was based out of the Tri-Cities.
The buses have also been a concern for years for Jerome Bouvier, the executive director of PoCoMo Youth Services Society.
He said teens have told stories of how easy it is to use drugs on the buses.
Though Bouvier noted not all operators are irresponsible, he said PoCoMo workers have come across youth on substances after being on a party bus.
Having groups of youth accessing those buses and partying, especially while the bus is in motion, is a recipe for potential harm, he told The NOW.
Bouvier said he wants to see more accountability for companies that offer the service to ensure theyre following the rules.
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