Law enforcement officers from three agencies on Saturday broke up an outdoor party of about 300 people, including many who were underage and intoxicated, the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
The sheriff’s office received tips alleging that underage drinking was being allowed on a farm off Cripple Creek Road. Deputy James Fox was patrolling U.S. 25 and saw a large amount of traffic heading toward that location.
Fox requested the assistance of three others from the sheriff’s office, and Kentucky State Police sent three troopers. A Williamsburg police officer also helped. The party drew people from several counties.
“Some of these kids at this self-described ‘barn burner’ were from as far away as Somerset,” Whitley County Sheriff Colan J. Harrell said in the release. “I hate to think of what may have happened if this party wasn’t interrupted. So many things could have gone bad and potentially ruined or ended a life. The department appreciates being made aware of this location’s reputation. Tips are very beneficial and we welcome them.”
In the crowd was Douglas Monroe Jones, 51, of Cripple Creek, who was arrested and charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and alcohol intoxication in a public place.
Tyler A. Jones, 22, was charged with resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing and alcohol intoxication in a public place. The Joneses were not listed Monday among the inmates in the Whitley County jail.
Dustin White, 19, was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct after he allegedly refused to comply with police commands. He remained in the Whitley County jail Monday morning, according to the jail website.
No drugs were located at the party, and those allowed to leave passed portable breath tests and field sobriety tests, the sheriff’s office said. Officers also had to contact parents of the minors.