‘By Show of Hands, Who’s Been Drinking Tonight?’

God bless the Highland Park Department of Public Safety. While the Dallas and University Park police departments fill out convoluted forms that we have to decipher when compiling our crime blotters, the Highland Park cops write a narrative about almost every incident. Here’s the most entertaining one from this week’s batch.

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, the DPS received a call about people arguing in the 4600 block of North Versailles Avenue. When officers arrived, they saw several teenagers run toward a particular house’s side yard. But they were able to detain two of them in the front yard.

Both smelled of alcohol, but they insisted they hadn’t been drinking. One of them identified herself as a resident of the house in question. She said she and some other partygoers had gone outside to try to prevent a friend of theirs from driving drunk. They said this friend had taken a swing at someone at the party. Moments later, a truck drove by, and both teens said it belonged to the friend who they’d been trying to stop. One of the officers pursued the truck, while the other stuck around to sort out the party.

That officer asked a dispatcher to call the homeowners and ask them to step outside. The parents of the hostess said they knew their daughter had some friends over, but they didn’t know about any fight, nor were they aware of any underage drinking. The officer asked the adults to have all of the teenagers come outside.

Soon, this officer was addressing the 17-year-old hostess, three other 17-year-olds, and 11 18-year-olds. He asked them if anyone had been drinking, and he warned them that a test would determine whether each of them had been drinking before they would be released to their parents. All of them slowly raised their hands. “Because all guests were admitting to consuming alcohol at the party, I determined that additional testing was unnecessary,” the officer wrote. “As each guest spoke to me, I confirmed the presence of the smell of alcohol on their breath.” Each teen was issued a “consumption by minor” citation, except for the hostess, because her parents were in the home when she drank. But her mother received a “fail to supervise a child (alcohol)” citation.

Meanwhile, the other officer pulled over the aforementioned truck just around the corner, in the 4900 block of Westside Drive. The 18-year-old driver “was unsteady in his walk, swaying while he was standing, his eyes were blood shot, and his speech was slurred,” according to the incident report. As if all of that and the “strong odor of alcohol” on his breath weren’t incriminating enough, the officer found a can of Keystone Light and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in the front seat. The teen was charged with minor DUI and minor in possession of alcohol. He was then released to his father, who drove to the scene after being contacted by the DPS. Betcha that ride home was real fun.

By Dan Koller Feb. 5, 2013 | 9:59 am | 18 Comments | Comments RSS
18 comments to "'By Show of Hands, Who's Been Drinking Tonight?'"
  1. HW @ February 5, 2013 at 10:51 am
    Does the HP police provide a court docket on line like the UP police?

  2. Dan Koller @ February 5, 2013 at 11:22 am
    I don’t know. But if the town did, you’d think it would be linked from this page: http://www.hptx.org/index.aspx?page=50

  3. Hp @ February 5, 2013 at 11:42 am
    Did it mention where these people attended school?

  4. Dan Koller @ February 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    @Hp: No, but it does list their home addresses: 10 live in Dallas, two live in University Park, one lives in Plano, and one lives in Irving. And then there’s the hostess from Highland Park, plus the driver with dual Park Cities residency.

    Here’s a great tidbit I forgot to mention. The report lists two victims:
    1. Town of Highland Park
    2. Society

    Indeed.

  5. Avid Reader @ February 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    I wonder how many kids were still inside.

  6. Bibliomaniac @ February 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    4600 block of N Versailles is west of Tollway, in DISD.

  7. XT @ February 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    What are the implications of the mother’s citation? Why didn’t they test the driver for DWI rather than DUI?

  8. Josh @ February 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm
    @Biliomaniac Reminds me of when I lived west of Tollway on Beverly. When people asked where we lived and we said “Beverly,” they immediately got this wide-eyed look, wondering how a couple, then in their 20′s, could afford that type of real estate. We then explained that we lived in a rental on “far west Beverly.”

  9. Scooter @ February 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    I’m appalled. Dual park cities address’ and still “Keystone Light”?

  10. BTW @ February 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm
    Just wondering if the private school these kids attend will follow through on the Contract & Consent Form (Regarding Alcohol, Tobacco and Substances)that the school has athletes/cheerleaders etc. sign at the beginning of the school year.

  11. Dan Koller @ February 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm
    @Scooter: My mistake on the dual Park Cities residency. I was confusing this kid with the one from my Whataburger/egging post from today. I actually have no information on where this teen driver lives.

  12. XT @ February 6, 2013 at 11:17 am
    How do you know the kids go to private school? If so, which school?

  13. Name @ February 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    It amuses me how you parents come here to gossip and ruin people’s lives. You are so interested in the school that these people go to so that you can run around and gossip like little children. Do you not have something better to do? You all our children. You are so uncomfortable with who you are as a person that you comment on the fact that they live in HP and you try to figure out their school just so you can put them down and ruin their reputation. Were you ever a kid? People make mistakes and all of you moms on here to gossip like little second graders make me sick. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You are a disgrace to your children and yourself. Go find something better to do and mind your own business you selfish gossip moms.

  14. Bibliomaniac @ February 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    @BTW. I’m still wondering how HPHS will follow through on its Extracurricular Code of Conduct re: drinking & baseball.

    Maybe the drinking age should be 18 again. Raising it to 21 doesn’t seem to have worked. Perhaps there would be fewer teen drunks if their drinking didn’t have to be hidden from adults. Who knows.

  15. DADD @ February 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    @Name – my mother was killed by an 18-year-old drunk driver who came from a very affluent family. They knew he drank and thought it was just a right of passage. Here you are, amused by parents trying to figure out which neighborhoods to avoid so maybe they, too, don’t end up killed by a drunk driver. Do you have a mother living? Does she know how you feel about “selfish gossip moms” who are trying to piece information together so they can avoid going to the morgue to identify their child’s body. You are the immature, selfish one who should be ashamed of your angry, misogynistic rant. I’m sure you want to come back and taunt me for commenting to a teenager on a blog and tell me to get a life. I have a life and I know how precious it is. You, my friend, need to grow up and learn some integrity.

  16. BTW @ February 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm
    Bibliomaniac @ February 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    @BTW. I’m still wondering how HPHS will follow through on its Extracurricular Code of Conduct re: drinking & baseball.

    Maybe the drinking age should be 18 again. Raising it to 21 doesn’t seem to have worked. Perhaps there would be fewer teen drunks if their drinking didn’t have to be hidden from adults. Who knows.

    Read more: ‘By Show of Hands, Who’s Been Drinking Tonight?’ | Park Cities People http://www.parkcitiespeople.com/2013/02/05/by-show-of-hands/#ixzz2KArxKUPP

    Back in my day, the drinking age was 18 and I think it still should be since an 18 year old can serve their country in whatever war the politicians think we should participate in. They are also responsible for their actions legally without parental consent once they turn the magical age of 18 even if they do stupid things.

    The mom that was charged in this case could have been more alert. A teenager got out of control at her home and she/he were responsible for the party. A drunk teen left their house and created enough commotion that the police got involved and the kid was charged with a DWI.

    I am not posting to ruin kids lives and realize kids do stupid things regardless of who their parents are or where they live.
    My original post related to the private school that these kids attend and that the incident will be glossed over and no one will be punished even though it violates school policy. Additionally, an administrators kid was involved and cited.
    If kids don’t realize there are significant consequences for their actions they will continue to push the envelop and wait for mom and dad to bail them out. If they need to miss basketball/baseball/soccer/cheerleading etc. the school needs to stand by their principles to send a message that they don’t tolerate this (violation of code of conduct) behavior and stand by the school code of conduct.
    It should not matter if it is a big donors kid or an administrators kid – actions have consequences.
    I’ll get off my soapbox and let someone else chime in.

  17. Jk @ February 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm
    Yes, I am sure the usual small-minded but large numbered group of parents around here are salivating at the thought of being able to check the court docket each week and see who they know, what they did and how fast they can pass along the news.

  18. belle @ February 7, 2013 at 7:10 am
    Where the kids go to school is irrelevant. What is disheartening here, and I know it happens everywhere, is that a parent was unaware of the smell of alcohol in her home. Much of the problem in today’s society, are the parents. Kids are going to make mistakes, they are going to get into things they shouldn’t. But, for a parent not to know what’s going on in her house, is unbelievable. It is your business to know what your child and their friends are doing in your home! Parents are so caught up in wanting their kids to be popular for their own identity, that they allow this behavior to occur under their roof and it’s wrong. It sends a horrible message to the child and the child’s friends. No wonder kids feel so “entitled” in our world today.

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