It is not rare that police bust an underage drinking party, but for officers in Lee's Summit it is rare for the mom to be in on the whole thing. Now she's headed to court.
When police glanced inside the windows of 47-year-old Tracy Binkley's home in the 2700 block of Gray Lane, they say they could see teens drinking and smirking through the glass. They refused to open the door for officers.
"Eventually what we did is we ended up running license plates on cars, making contact with those parents asking if they knew were their children were, to make sure their children were safe. Parents began to show up and help us get the children out of the home," Sgt. Chris Depue said.
Police say Binkley knew about the drinking going on in her basement. They say she also refused to answer the door for police officers.
"We try to prevent underage drinking because of all the consequences that flow from it. We see the accidents. We see the things we deal with. In this specific case and with these house parties, I think every parent has the right to decide that for their child. What they don't have the right to do is decide that for someone else's child," Depue said.
As angry parents arrived to pick up their teens, more and more party goers came out of the home. Officers say nine teenagers tested positive for alcohol in their systems.
"Attempted to make contact with someone at the home. A couple people came to the door and saw that it was the police and decided they didn't want to talk to police at the front door," Depue said.
The whole incident started when one mom picked up her 16-year-old son who was visibly intoxicated.
Binkley was issued a citation and could face up to a $500 fine or up to six months in jail. The minors were all cited for minor in possession by consumption.
Lee's Summit specifically has an ordinance that prohibits house parties where anyone under the legal limit is drinking.
Last year, the police department issued 12 citations for hosting a house party with underage drinking.
Officers hope that parents will take note of this case during the prom and graduation season.
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