Ponus Ridge man charged after teen gets drunk at home
Published 8:36 am, Wednesday, July 8, 2015
A 50-year-old Ponus Ridge man faces felony charges after a teenager who allegedly got drunk at an Independence Day house party at his house was found intoxicated in a Millport Avenue driveway.
Peter Freiberg, 51, of 273 Ponus Ridge was charged with risk of injury to a minor, a felony offense, as well as second-degree reckless endangerment and failure to halt possession of alcohol by a minor.
Police responded at 6:35 p.m. to Millport Avenue on a report of a drunk 17-year-old boy vomiting, and found the teenager lying on his side straddling the driveway and bushes, according to a police report.
The teen’s mother had called 911, according to the report.
Arriving police were told by the boy he had drunk eight or nine beers as well as whiskey, according to the report. Two other teens told police the boy had become drunk at a house party at 273 Ponus Ridge, Freiberg’s resident.
The boy was taken to Norwalk Hospital, and police proceeded to 273 Ponus Ridge and entered the home after knocking on an unlocked back door and calling into the house and getting no response, according to the report.
While walking through the backyard, police observed empty beer cans, an empty bottle of Fireball-brand whiskey, and two or three coolers, according to the report.
Within minutes of being in the house, Freiberg and his wife returned, according to the report. Freiberg, who appeared intoxicated, told police he had just returned from Waveny Park where he had dropped off his children and some of their friends for the July 4 fireworks show, according to the report.
Freiberg admitted to police he had been at the house and teenagers had been there and he was aware they had been drinking, according to the report. Freiberg told police the teenagers brought their own alcohol and drank it on his property, according to the report.
Freiberg told police the youth taken to the hospital had arrived at his home already drunk and vomited in the backyard, and asked the boy’s two friends to take him off the property, according to the report.
Freiberg was charged with risk of injury to a minor, a felony offense, as well as second-degree reckless endangerment and failure to halt possession of alcohol by a minor.
He was released on $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear July 16 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.