VALPARAISO | An anonymous text message tip led to the arrest of 21 teens and young adults over the weekend.
Valparaiso police received anonymous text message about 12:15 a.m. Saturday about a possible underage drinking party at a home in the 2100 block of Penwick Drive.
While en route, an officer said a pickup truck disregarded a stop sign at Shaker Drive and Glendale Boulevard and she nearly collided with it.
The officer said the driver, Christopher Wleklinski, 21, of Wanatah, had bloodshot, watery eyes and there were multiple alcohol bottles in the vehicle. A passenger said they were at a party on Penwick Avenue where alcohol and marijuana were being consumed.
Police said Wleklinski failed a series of field sobriety tests and was taken to Porter hospital where he reportedly tested positive for THC, a chemical in marijuana, and benzodiazepines. He reportedly told police and hospital staff he smoked marijuana and took three Xanax pills before getting behind the wheel.
Wleklinski was arrested and taken to Porter County Jail. He faces intoxicated driving, furnishing alcohol and endangerment charges.
Three of his passengers, Casey White, 19, of Michigan City, Kelsey Cummins, 19, of Portage, Michael Maack Jr., 18, of Hanna, were also arrested and face alcohol charges.
Meanwhile, officers surrounded the alleged party house. Daniel Sepiol, 18, of Valparaiso, was taken to the ground and found with a smoking pipe after trying to escape out the backdoor, investigators said. He was arrested and faces a paraphernalia charge.
Inside, officers found beer cans and shot glasses on the basement floor and a number of young people inside drinking, some hiding behind doors and underneath piles of clothes.
Jake Tudor, 18, and Nathan Malic, 19, both of Valparaiso, were arrested and taken to Porter County Jail. Police said they face alcohol charges.
Also arrested, taken to the Valparaiso Police Department and later released to their parents were six 16-year-old Valparaiso boys, four 16-year-old Valparaiso girls, three 17-year-old Valparaiso boys and a 17-year-old Griffith boy.
Police said parents of the boy who hosted the party were home at the time, but said they thought he only had about five friends over and didn't know any drugs or alcohol were being consumed.