Birthday party in Bonney Lake apartment leads to 24 underage drinking arrests

A Party Intervention Patrol on April 6 coordinated by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force resulted in the arrest of 24 youth, ages 18-21, for minor in possession.

Included among the arrested youth was a female who was taken to jail for making false statements, an intoxicated male who insisted he would drive home once released from the site, and a female who was taken to the hospital by medics when she was discovered semi-conscious and suffering from alcohol poisoning on the bathroom floor of the Bonney Lake apartment where the illegal binge party took place.

Police received a tip from neighbors shortly before midnight that Saturday night saying a large group of youth were spotted coming and going in the 8400 block of Locust Avenue. Officers discovered that two underage renters were throwing a birthday party for their friends.

Plain-clothes officers conducting surveillance in the area prior to the arrests came upon two semi-dressed youth in a car who said they had been drinking at the party. “With a beer pong table set-up on the kitchen table and party favors consisting of Everclear, orange juice and marijuana, it appears we shut this party down before anyone really got hurt,” said Matt Kurle, sergeant with the Sumner Police Department and law enforcement supervisor for the multi-agency patrol.

Additional patrols focusing on post-arrest substance abuse interventions and meetings with parents will continue through the prom and graduation season and into the summer when many youth will take their alcohol parties outside. The patrols involve Pierce County law enforcement agencies, substance abuse professionals and community volunteers. They are funded by the Washington Impaired Driving Council and administered through Pierce County Community Connections

Additional information about the patrols, including future opportunities for media ride-alongs, is available.