So this is how it goes. I'm home quietly doing some homework reading and TV watching. I light a few candles since I haven't done so in a long time. A little while later, my brother comes in and tells me that there are some firemen at the door, wanting something about a fire alarm. I think he's trying to mess with me about my lit candles, but decide to go along with it and go to the door. Where I find two firemen in uniform with their truck parked in front of the house. Turns out some one pulled the fire alarm at the elementary school a few blocks away. Apparently, some one saw my brother in the area and reported him and his friends.
So I talk to the firemen about how I heard my brother and his friends leave and return earlier, I figured they had gone to 7-11 for some late night candy (it was about 10:30 pm). Soon after the police arrive and after talking to the firemen, separate the boys and talk to them about what they were doing tonight. They of course lie for a while saying that they got most of the way to Sev, before realizing that none of them had brought their money with them. Supposedly they then came back home after that.
One of the officers claims that he smells alcohol on my brother's breath and does a breathalyzer test (my brother just turned 15 earlier this month). He results read .16, which is twice the adult legal limit of .08 (since he is a minor, any thing above 0 is illegal). One of his other friend's is also tested and has a better, though still illegal amount of alcohol in his system. At this point the officer asks my brother again, what had happened that night, and he confesses that he was the one to pull the alarm and that they (him and one of the two friends) had been drinking.
So parents are called, my mom is, of course, not home and not answering her cell phone, but the other parents are more responsible and come to collect their kids. The cops wait around a while longer, hoping to hear from my mom, who does call while there were talking to one of the parents, but since she was sounding a little drunk and was at a house were she tends to over indulge, I decided that she shouldn't talk to the cops just then.
Thankfully the cops comes back and lets me know that they won't be arresting my brother at this time, even though pulling the fire alarm is a misdemeanor and drinking is a citable offense. He fills me in on how the juvenile court will be letting us know what to do. He then leaves, even though they weren't supposed to unless the minor had a parent present, they decided I was good enough since I'm 23 and probably because they had been here for about 2 hours by then.
So, an innocent evening of homework turned rather an interesting evening spent with a cute police officer and fireman. Now I need to either finish my reading or just go to bed.
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