DeQuincy investigating pool party with teen drinking - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DeQuincy investigating pool party with teen drinking

 DeQuincy police have been cracking down on adults who give alcohol to teens. They've been investigating a pool party during which up to eighteen underage people may have been consuming alcoholic beverages.

"I don't think some of the parents realize how serious it is to provide alcohol to their children or to other people's children.

Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles is one charge against adults who provide alcoholic drinks to those under age.

DeQuincy, authorities are taking it very seriously according to the police and the Mayor Lawrence Henagan.

"We've heard people complaining telling us there's underage drinking going on at these parties, this house and that house. We're going to start aggressively handling that.  It's not trying to get people in trouble but we're trying to take care of our kids where they become responsible adults and they live to do that," said Henagan. 

Detective Jerry Bell says their investigation continues. "There was a big pool alcoholic party at one of the parents' residence.  There were 17 or 18 underage juveniles drinking there.  We're doing that investigation right now and it's still to be determined whether we're going to do city charges or parish charges."

Henagan expects arrests in connection with that pool party.

"There's underage people that were there and the person who had the party at her house, I think it's her house, whoever's house it was, they're responsible and they should be able to be charged."

Police are investigating the crimes associated with alcohol to youth.

"If these children leave and they get in a bad accident, then those parents are in serious trouble. It's a pretty serious crime for providing alcohol to under age and  this pool party we're investigating now, and at least some of them are 14 years old, 15 years old so that's getting down there," said Bell.

Adults also may get sued if the children drinking hurt themselves or others.  

Calcasieu Sheriff's officials say people are welcome to call them with complaints of underage drinking and they'll investigate.

 The DA's office says those who give alcohol to minors may be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.  The punishment is up to six months in jail and a fine of up to five hundred dollars. 

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