Police bust underage party in the woods

2:58 pm June 27th, 2014

By Pat Jenkins
The Dispatch
Minors who tried to hide their drinking party in the woods near Graham didn’t get away with it.
Authorities assigned to the Pierce County Party Intervention Patrol cited 14 underage drinkers, ages 17 to 20, after a tip led the multi-agency team to a bonfire deep in the woods near the Lipoma Firs neighborhood.
Beginning at 11 p.m. on June 14, officers hiked into the area, observed the party and made arrests on suspicion of minor-in-possession and trespassing.
As some of the drinkers attempted to flee the scene party in their 4×4 vehicles, two were arrested by the State Patrol’s DUI-dedicated Target Zero team. Both drivers’ blood alcohol level tested at twice the legal limit, and one of them had a handgun that was taken away by the troopers, officials reported.
Among the arrested minors taken to the Intervention Patrol team’s processing center in east Pierce County was a 17-year-old who was given medical aid for injuries he suffered in a fight at the party.
Another minor told officers that several previous illegal parties had been held at the same woodsy location in spite of “no trespassing” signs being posted.
A spokesman for the patrol team said authorities planned to talk to the property owner to help prevent future illegal parties at the site.
In a second incident, this one in the Gem Heights area of South Hill,
authorities responding to a noise complaint found a large group of teenagers drinking at a residence. As police arrived, parents were seen picking up their children, indicating they may have been tipped off that police were on the way, officials said. 
At the party, a juvenile outside the house had passed out and was assessed for alcohol poisoning, then taken to the processing center, where he was arrested. He received an intervention from a chemical dependency professional before being picked up by his father, officials said.
Another teen, whose brother had been arrested at an illegal graduation party last year, was arrested after he jumped over a fence in an attempt to get away from police.
Officers the Gem Heights homeowner that underage drinking isn’t a “gray area” of the law, and that it’s illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under 21 or to allow private property to be used for underage drinking – a message the general public needs to heed, as well, said.
 Most homeowners’ insurance policies don’t extend liability coverage for illegal alcohol-related injuries and deaths from things like drowning, falls and poisoning  according to Bob Thompson, who was the supervisor of the Party Intervention Patrol team in the South Hill incident.

5 Responses to Police bust underage party in the woods

  1. Eric Watson Reply

    June 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Wow, this clearly looks like a war against the public. Especially our kids. The government has to much spare time if this is what they waist their time on and our tax money. Not only does this effect a child future, it hits the parents pocket in the money section. IF the kids are out enjoying themselves and it is no harm to another then what is the freaking problem? Yes, Sheriff and other Gestapo. What is the freaking problem? All you do is gain money, fill the court rooms with kids and parents wasting their time. My question is….did Hitler ever die? It sure looks like it since he was never found.

    When the kids take the time to form a party to enjoy life, it is harmless. Sure there are kids who dont have designated drivers, maybe bring dads gun to show off to buddies or something. but to me, our system is nothing but a Gestapo controlling a harmless issue only to energize the adrenalin junkie cops….who really need to find a different job.

    I say pooey on the law enforcement on this issue. Freakin Gestapo. When you going to allow America to be home of the free? I dont think it will ever happen.

    • K. A. Predmore Reply

      July 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      You’re not sure how others are, or would be effected had this ‘event’ and other’incidents’ not been responded to. Start with DUI going home, hopefully not at the scene of a injury/fatally accident and used more of the $’s you seem to be concerned about. Sad to believe, near sighted air-heads still can’t see beyond the end of their nose.

  2. Eric Watson Reply

    June 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm


    .did Hitler ever die? It sure does not look like it since he was never found.

  3. Tony Sirgedas Reply

    July 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Mr Watson, what world are you living in these days? Kids drinking at parties like this are dying from alcohol poisoning, driving while intoxicated and causing fatality accidents, raped and assaulted, and can lead to life long alcohol addiction problems. And bringing a gun to a party where drinking is going on is a worst case scenario even for adults.
    The “freaking problem” is when kids are out drinking at parties it does cause harm to others.

  4. Patty Rath Reply

    July 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I totally agree with Tony Sirgedas on every issue pertaining to under age drinking and their parties being busted. These types of parties have been going on for years,with the same outcome. (Busted). Mr. Watson seems to think the Gestopo is out to ruin kids fun,on the contrary. These same police officers are the ones who come to the aid of all drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Accidents where drinkers where there could be injuries and forbid the death of one or more of the under aged drinkers, or an innocent driver heading home.
    A gun brought to a party where kids are drinking or not even drinking,one wrong word,bump someone in shoulder or talk to someone’s girl,could set them off and then you have someone injured or killed. Bravo to the police who patrol the roads,risking their lives to protect and serve. They have seen exactly what happens to everyone who has been under the influence of something,they have seen horrific accidents,injuries and even death. If one of my kids had been busted for being at a party,you can be assured that the officer would not be in trouble,it would be my child. When they were finished with the police,then they would have to deal with us,their parents. Costing the parents money,well the parents should make their child pay for their actions,work it off and maybe even a little community service. These officers,they one day might be the one to save your child or tell you your child was killed by a drunk driver or a loaded gun.

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