FAIRHOPE, Ala (WKRG) – WKRG News 5 has received several emails and messages about a house party involving underage drinking. Viewers claim that dozens of underage kids were let off easy because their parents are prominent members of the Fairhope community.
News 5 contacted Sgt. Craig Sawyer who says that nearly 50 teens were detained, but not arrested at the party. They could still face charges.
It happened in the 16000 block of County Road 13 Saturday night. Police came to check on cars parked along the road. They checked out the house and say they found a large party.
Police say there about 100 underage kids at the party, and many of them ran off on foot when the police got there. 40-50 however remained behind and police detained them but did not arrest them. Fairhope police some of them had been drinking, others had not.
Sgt. Sawyer told News 5, that due to the number of juveniles detained, the officers decided it was impractical to transport them to the police department, and instead police identified the juveniles and called parents to come pick them up. Trying to bring that many juveniles in would have tied up every available police resource in Fairhope for several hours, he said, on a Saturday night that can be unworkable.
Interim Police Chief Lt. Stephanie Hollinghead said officers will work with the juvenile court to decide on charges. Since they are underage names won’t be released…making it difficult to determine if the claims of special treatment are justified.