Interfering with investigation: Parent charged after police called for intoxicated teen
DARIEN — A town parent has been charged with interfering with an investigation after police say she picked up an intoxicated teen and her friends at a party.
Darien police said they responded to a home Saturday night for the report of an intoxicated 16-year-old girl who was unconscious. Post 53 transported the girl to the hospital for evaluation. Police said the mother told them her daughter was dropped off at home in that condition by the parent of her daughter’s friend.
The parent of the friend was identified as Amanda Smith, 45, who told officers she did not know where the four girls she had picked up had been that night, police said.
Police said Smith initially refused to allow officers to question her daughter. Police said the woman eventually allowed officers to speak with the girls who were at her home, but they refused to tell them the location of the party.
When Smith was asked a second time where the girls had been picked up, she told officers it was on Sunswyck Road, but she refused to accompany the officers to identify the residence, police said.
The other juveniles at the home were turned over to their parents’ custody. Police said one of those parents told them the location of the party. There was no evidence of alcohol or intoxicated youth when officers arrived at that home.
The people at the Sunswyck Road residence told officers someone called Smith when the intoxicated girl became incapacitated. They told officers Smith pulled into the driveway, helped carry the unconscious teen to her car and left, police said.
Darien police said officers were delayed almost an hour since initially contacting Smith due to her refusal to cooperate. Darien police also said Smith was deceptive about what happened that night and her involvement.
Smith was issued a misdemeanor summons for interfering with an investigation at approximately 1:10 a.m. Sunday. She was released on a written promise to appear and is due in court on May 23. This incident is still under investigation.
Mark Sherman, Smith’s Stamford-based attorney, denied his client was trying to conceal any information from police.
“As the reports will confirm, Amanda’s priority was working with first responders to get this individual immediate medical attention,” he said.