Lawrence Police responded to a complaint of numerous minors consuming alcohol at Shots bar, 1008 Massachusetts St., around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, a police spokesman said.
Upon arrival, officers discovered dozens of juveniles and adults who appeared to be under the age of 21 in the establishment. However, when officers began conducting a bar check for identification, many patrons fled through the downtown bar’s back door, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Police took a 16-year-old female and two 17-year-old males into custody. Police also cited a 19-year-old male for interfering with the duties of an officer as police were attempting to escort patrons outside.
A patrol sergeant and one of the detained 17-year-olds suffered injuries from falling while the teen attempted to flee, McKinley said. After a brief foot chase, the officer captured the man, who was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital before being released to his parents.
Additionally, police issued curfew violations to a 15-year-old female and 16-year-old male. McKinley said children under the age of 18 must be detained if discovered out past curfew even if the youth are not caught consuming alcohol.
“When juveniles are involved, we have a responsibility to corral them,” McKinley said. “By nature, when they are out after curfew they become a child in need of care.”
Shots could not be reached for comment.