On Sunday, June 16, Puyallup police as part of the multi-agency Party Intervention Patrol arrested a couple for allowing their residence to be used for an after-graduation underage drinking party for their daughter.
A warrant to search the property led police to discover a keg in the garage, an unconscious 18-year-old male inside a tent next to a beer cooler and the homeowner's daughter who officers found unresponsive amid pools of vomit on her bed.
In addition to the arrests of the two parents, 32 underage drinkers from Puyallup and Emerald Ridge high schools were arrested for minor in possession. Marijuana was also discovered in a car parked outside the party where four youths were located. A motorcyclist was also arrested after being tested three times over the legal limit.
Parents arrested told police their daughter informed them the party would be alcohol-free. The Party Intervention Patrol volunteers told parents of the arrested youths to "keep their kids safe by keeping close tabs on their nighttime activities and asking for the details of their alcohol-free plans."
"Silence is never good when parents don't report the parties in their own neighborhoods," said Liz Yotty, a parent volunteer with Party Intervention Patrol. "Our goal is to get kids home safe and to give them another day to make a better decision."
The Party Intervention Patrol has reduced the number of impaired teen driving deaths in Pierce County by more than 50 percent since the project started in 2007 by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force.
"That computes to 12 more youth living to see their 21st birthday than before we started this project," said John Cheesman, chief of the Fircrest Police Department and chairman of the task force.