Brookfield - Police acting on an anonymous tip were thwarted in their efforts to determine if an underage drinking party was occurring at a residence Friday night after a high school student and his vacationing father refused to let them in the house.
Police got a call at 10:02 Friday night that the drinking party was under way at a house on Buckingham Place, Capt. James Adlam said Tuesday.
When the student who lives at the home would not let police enter the residence in the upscale Chateau Royale subdivision, police called his father, who was in Arizona.
"The homeowner would not permit the officers to enter the residence and stated he would contact a neighbor to look into the situation," Adlam said.
"We were unable to gain any access.... So, we don't know if there was underage drinking or not. They wouldn't allow us in. And that is their right," Adlam said.
The incident was reminiscent of a string of instances about 11 years ago when kids suspected of underage drinking wouldn't let police inside homes to investigate.
On May 22, 1999, police tried to bust an underage drinking party in Elm Grove.
After about 20 teenagers hid inside the house and refused to come out, police gave up after about a three-hour standoff and left.
The next weekend, Elm Grove police twice investigated suspected underage drinking parties, but they found only root beer, in what they believed was an elaborate hoax aimed at trying to embarrass the department.
In early October 1999, Hartland police also were rebuffed in their efforts to get into a house to investigate underage drinking.
Hartland police had gone to the residence after a neighbor complained about juveniles consuming alcohol at the home and one of them urinating in the front yard of the residence. But when police arrived, the teens holed up in the house and would not allow officers to enter.
The estimated 10 to 12 teens in the house also ignored parents who went to the house and demanded that their children come out.
After that incident, then-Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher announced he had given all police departments the green light to forcibly enter homes where underage drinking was suspected and the occupants refused to come out.