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22 teens cited at Hallsville pasture party

By Sarah Thomas sthomas@news-journal.com
May 2, 2013 at 10 p.m.

More than 20 teenagers - most of them Hallsville ISD students - were ticketed early Sunday for possessing and drinking alcohol after Harrison County deputies raided a pasture party.

Harrison County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jay Webb said 22 citations were issued shortly before 1 a.m. after someone called complaining about a loud party in the 2000 block of Country Club Road in Hallsville.

Some of the citations issued were for minor in possession of alcohol while others were for minor in consumption of alcohol, both Class C misdemeanors.

Sheriff's deputies and officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the call where they found about 65 teenagers partying.

After administering breath tests, it was determined some teens had been drinking while others were in possession of alcohol, Webb said.

The teenagers were released to their parents. No charges were filed for trespassing.

The pasture's owners live nearby but were unaware of the party, Webb said.

Kristie Brian, Longview Police Department spokeswoman, said the alcohol consumed by teenagers is often taken from their parents or purchased by older friends.

"Sometimes they steal it out of the refrigerator or the cabinet or wherever their parents keep it," she said.

Brian said the teens face up to a $500 fine, 30 days in jail or a juvenile detention center depending on their age; and they could have their driver's license suspended, at which point DPS requires participation in an alcohol awareness class before the license will be reinstated.

Officials did not say whether any adults were suspected of providing the minors with alcohol.



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