HINGHAM (CBS) –Dozens of youths will be in court Tuesday facing underage drinking charges.

On Saturday night, Hingham Police responded to a loud house party. Police arrested 17 people and charged the homeowner.

Police say as soon as one of their officers got out of his cruiser at least one glass beer bottle was thrown at him and he called for assistance.

More Hingham officers and several members of the Cohasset Police Department responded to the scene.

The officers saw several youths run into the woods, a barn in the backyard and inside the house. Spilled beer cans and bottles were visible throughout the property, police said.

A total of 16 youths ranging from ages 17 to 20 were arrested on charges including being a minor in possession of alcohol and disturbing the peace.

A 21-year-old arrested at the party is accused of disturbing the peace.

Officers interviewed the homeowner, William Hacking, 51, who appeared unsteady on his feet and smelled heavily of alcohol.

Hacking, of East St., faces charges including allowing alcohol to be delivered to minors (also known as the state’s Social Host Law) and disturbing the peace.

The 17 young people arrested at the party were booked at the Hingham Police Station then released on personal recognizance for arraignment at Hingham District Court on Tuesday


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