Pierce County law enforcement officers arrested 20 teens at a graduation party stocked with beer, whiskey and marijuana last weekend at a Bonney Lake home.
Of those arrested, a 19-year-old man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of providing the premises for the underage drinking party, according to a press release from Pierce County. The young man and his 17-year-old brother were allegedly hosting the party Saturday night while their parents were at an out-of-state wedding. Two “beer pong” tables were set up to play the popular drinking game.
Officers found one girl with a .31 blood alcohol level. A young man had two warrants for his arrest and was taken to jail, the county reported. The others, who were 17 to 19 years old, were cited for being minors in possession of alcohol. Most were students of or recent graduates from Bonney Lake High School, the county reported.
The bust was part of Pierce County’s Party Intervention Patrols this spring. Pierce County law enforcement officers, volunteers and substance abuse professionals have been targeting graduation parties where they believe underage drinking is occurring, the county reported.
The 10-officer team went to a second party around 2 a.m. Sunday. They’d heard more than 50 teens were drinking at the event, the county reported.
Word about the first busted reportedly reached the party before officers arrived. Officers stopped three underage teens as they tried to get into their cars and leave.
“Chemical dependency professionals and parent volunteers met with the kids and their parents after the arrests to talk about steps the teens and their family members could take to make sure Saturday night’s risk-taking behavior would not happen again,” the county press release states.