Police: Parents, Teens Arrested After Underage Party Bust
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — More than two dozen teenagers and four adults are facing charges in Alpharetta after police said they broke up a keg party.
According to a police report officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Mallory Manor Court about 1:30 a.m. on May 28. “At that point, based on my experience, I believed that this was a party with underage drinking going on,” the reporting officer said.
When nobody answered the door to the home, the officer obtained a search warrant and returned with several other officers, according to the report.
Investigators said they found 41 people inside the home, including 25 people under the age of 21.
“Inside the residence there was a keg of beer that was still cool to the touch and still had water at the bottom of it where it was sitting in ice,” the report said. “The trash can in the garage contained several empty beer and liquor bottles that were recently used.”
The report also indicated that officers found “several empty gas tubes lying around the residence that is consistent with being used to get high.”
Police arrested 29 people in the home, 25 of whom were for underage drinking.
They also arrested the homeowners, Robert and Susan McCormick, charging them with furnishing alcohol to minors and for keeping a disorderly house.
Their attorney, Robert Rubin, told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik the McCormicks “categorically deny” the allegations and that their investigation “revealed that the McCormicks did not furnish alcohol to minors — some of the minors brought their own alcohol,” he wrote in a statement.
Rubin said he planned to ask the District Attorney’s office to dismiss the charges.
Alpharetta Public Safety Officer George Gordon told Petchenik his department would continue to crack down on underage drinking parties.
He said police were most concerned that drunken teens might get behind the wheel of a car.