MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - 46 minors are charged with underage drinking and that could be just the beginning, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's office.
Deputies responded to a noise complaint in Lakeland on Saturday night, Feb. 25. From the party Saturday night, released from jail Sunday, to court first thing Monday morning, it's been a rough weekend for 18-year-old Leighton Davenport, the teen who deputies say organized the party.
Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Chip Washington, says, "There was one arrest made, the young man who lives at the residence tried to confront officers. He was belligerent and combative."
Washington says Davenport threw the wild house party that lead to 46 citations and one 17-year-old girl transported to the hospital. "When we came in we found a scene with cases and cases of beer," Washington says, "lots of young people started to scatter and lots of young people tried to hide throughout the house in various areas. It was a pretty disturbing scene."
Washington says the teens and their parents should be grateful deputies arrived when they did. "When you mix underage teens and alcohol that's a combustible situation and it could have been a lot worse."
Deputies say the big question now is, who supplied the alcohol? Between the 46 underage kids at the party investigators say no one would answer that question. "Legally the drinking age is 21," Washington says. "That's why 46 of them were cited. As to what happens next? There's consultation with the Attorney General's office and they will decide if there will be additional charges."
Davenport is charged with disorderly conduct, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of alcohol.
Deputies issued 24 juvenile summons and 22 misdemeanor citations, all alcohol related. There were no adults home during the party.