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Pierce County officers arrest 20 teens at Bonney Lake graduation party

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm with 13 Comments »
June 18, 2010 2:45 pm

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.

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  1. “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.”

    So they’re not letting their kids go to college next fall?

  2. “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,”

    So they’re not letting their kids go to college next fall?

  3. colsprague says:

    Seriously? Chemical dependency counselors for kids who drank at a graduation party? Yes, it’s stupid. But hardly a warning sign of addiction.

  4. Although I applaud the efforts to curb underage drinking no matter where it might occur, I personally feel it is the parent’s responsibility to confront law breaking teens, not volunteer parents and “Councilors” chastising both parent and errant child. This is a thing best left to parents and no one else. If the parent’s don’t care I am sure the parents who may not know of the infraction on their property can take care of it for I am sure their child may be the instigator. Either way I am sure if a teen is arrested and his or her parents need to come to the precinct to bail them out after they have gone through a booking process, it would prove to be a more sobering experience for these children.

  5. Although I applaud the efforts to curb underage drinking no matter where it might occur, I personally feel it is the parent’s responsibility to confront law breaking teens, not volunteer parents and “Councilors” chastising both parent and errant child. This is a thing best left to parents and no one else. If the parent’s don’t care I am sure the parents who may not know of the infraction on their property can take care of it for I am sure their child may be the instigator. Either way I am sure if a teen is arrested and his or her parent needs to come to the precinct to bail them out after they have gone through a booking process, it might prove to be a more sobering experience for these children.

  6. Sumner401 says:

    .31?? Wow!
    How do you even get that drunk?

  7. sunup500 says:

    The “professionals” they refer to in the article are a problem in and of themselevs. They are largely college grads with little skills and degrees in useless, unemployable fields. This is an area that needs to be explored for cuts in the state payrol budget. If the kids were arrested, then the courts should process them. If the courts deem they are in need of some sort of treatment or counseling, then it will be the responsibility of the parent(s) to provide such care. it must have been a slow night for Pierce county law enforcement. If i were a victim of a serious criminal event that evening, I would be incensed to know that the very resources that could have prevented the crime were spent on breaking up a graduation party. How many of us attended such parties in our youth?

  8. chadgrubbs76 says:

    wow .31 I’m impressed…lol….Pierce County needs to focus on gang bangers and tweekers, these kids at least had it in them to graduate and most likely are headed to college next year…a call to mom and a WARNING would have been appropriate in this scenario……..

  9. Underage drinking, especially of hard liquor, is dangerous to teens and the community.

    A .31 alcohol level is approaching alcohol poisoning. The playing of drinking games (e.g., beer pong) also runs the risk of alcohol poisoning, overdose. In addition, these underage, inexperienced drinkers are then driving putting themselves and innocent citizens at risk. Further, because of the impairment in judgment, teens are apt (like adults) when drunk to engage in all manner of high risk behavior.

    The drinking age laws are there for good reason.

    Ironically, marijuana, without alcohol ingestion, is far and away safer as its impact on driving is relatively minimal (but certainly not recommended–especially for teens), there is no danger of death from overdose/poisoning, and it does not lead to the belligerence or incapacity associate with alcohol use.

    Here’s a little formula to help one remember: Smoking bud may not make you wiser, but it will leave you far wiser than drinking Budweiser.

  10. rosehaven says:

    You said it, “The drinking age laws are there for good reason.” Don’t drink and drive at any age.

    Some of the Senior classes arranged year end parities to avoid such problems and all have a great time.

    It’s obvious not all adults give the same good example. Recent accidents are heartbreaking with several seniors killed after a man hit them in a DWI related crash. The innocent die too.

  11. steve_allison says:

    we all must continue to pitch in to reduce terrible problems that occur when folks drink and especially then drive. I don’t want to meet them on the roadway at night things are bad enough as it is . It’s always very sad to hear of needless deaths and diablilty causes by drinking and driving and doubly so when they are young . Don’t fault the police for trying to find any way to slow the death and destruction of our future , our kids.

  12. getitdone says:

    Yeah, youd think they would pass out long before that percentage. I guess it is possible.

  13. BreakfastClubMember1 says:

    When the Bonney Lake or Pierce County officers break up the party, where do the teens under the influence, go? The road. This is not blaming any one, but this is a problem that goes back to my days as a teenager in the 1980’s. Cops break up the party, and then teens who were not cited or identified as being under the influence, are instructed to leave. I know, first hand, the teens then quickly hop into cars and onto the roads. I realized sometimes a parent is called. I am concerned about these young people feeling the pressure to “get out of here” and get behind the wheel, or ride with another who is under the influence. I am speaking as a parent of teenagers as well as someone who remembers what teenagers do, as if it was yesterday. I would rather receive a phone call that my teen is at an under-age party, does not apprear under the influence, and required to come retrieve my child if it means saving his life. No teen is perfect, and I want to see less fatalities due to this issue. My deepest sympathy goes out to those parents whose teen makes a poor desicion hastily, and this results in someone’s death too soon. Our kids are precious, so what are we telling them to do when a party is busted?

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