Woman locks cops outside house party for 45 minutes; inside were 20-30 underage drinkers, 1 passed out

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There has long been a social hosting ordinance in Fayette County to help curtail underage drinking in private homes with adults present. The most recent recipient of that violation was a Peachtree City woman during the early hours of Aug. 7, who was arrested on multiple charges, among which dealt with a 17-year-old found unresponsive in the basement and needing medical care.

Danielle M. Drouin, 45, was charged with a city ordinance violation (social hosting), contributing to the delinquency of minors, interference with custody and felony cruelty to children, according to Fayette County Jail records.

Danielle M. Drouin. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Danielle M. Drouin. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Chris Hyatt said officers on Aug. 7 before 1 a.m. received complaints about disorderly kids and possible underage drinking at a residence on Haddington Lane off North Peachtree Parkway.

Upon their arrival, homeowner Danielle Drouin told officers what was going on in the house was “band practice,” Hyatt said, also noting that a number of teens ran when police arrived, with some of them being intoxicated.

Drouin did not want to let officers in the house, saying instead she would get the kids. Then she closed and locked the door, said Hyatt.

Forty-five minutes passed and no one exited the home, and during which time Drouin ignored officers’ attempts to have her come outside, Hyatt said, adding that Drouin was intoxicated.

While cops were waiting for Drouin to comply, the father of one of the attendees arrived at the location after being unable to contact his son, said Hyatt.

The kids finally exited the house, with Hyatt estimating that 20-30 in total had been present at the gathering.

Once inside the home, a 17-year-old male was found unresponsive in the basement and was transported for medical care due to being intoxicated. The teen was the son of the man who arrived earlier looking for his son. Hyatt explained.

Drouin was taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Jail.

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  1. I think most relevant to what wrong this person allegedly committed is allowing underaged teens to drink alcohol on her property. She may not have even supplied the alcohol, but just ALLOWING the kids to drink put them all at great risk. That’s what “social hosting” is, allowing kids (who are not your own) to drink on your property. Yes, this puts them at risk of alcohol poisoning – probably what happened to the kid who was passed out – but also increased the likelihood of drinking and driving, violence, sexual assault, and sexual promiscuity. Long term drinking also impacts (attacks) the developing teen brain. As parents, we owe it to our children, the community, our own self-respect, and to the law, to not allow underage kids to drink alcohol on our property, especially if they are not our children.

  2. Ben (Nelms), a reader of this article will no doubt conclude that the complicit teens that were judged to have been underage drinking or even further, intoxicated – were of course cited for their actions, along with the consequentially charged adult “band practice” leader. But in these days of coddling our local suburban youth, one can never be so sure on this.

    • SWNerd, So with 20 to 30 students at each party, it sounds like there are a lot of adults/parents condoning or overlooking this activity. if these parties really do happen almost every weekend, that’s a pretty big secret for you and others to hide over time. Are you sure only one person is at fault here?

    • I’d hope the cops would give them the same attention as they did the White Woman…sort of like a variation on the old Sunday School song…”Red and Yellow Black and White they are “all perfs in their sight”…. yes I’m a back slid Baptist.

      • Mr Hardy – I’m sure that you and the other loyal supporters of of our fine law enforcement community who post these praises regularly will join me in congratulating the federal police in South Florida for doing their duty without being intimidated by the status of the “perf” who was breaking the law.

        I know that I am very proud of their fine service!

          • Mr. Hardy – I can also hope that someday you can tell the difference between “laws” and “laws I want to obey.”

          • Mr. Hardy – I especially mean the Clintons, Bidens, Pelosies, BLM protesters, or anyone else who breaks the law. No one should be above the law in the United States. I hope Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr investigated all of these democrats during the 45th President’s term. There are countless Republican district attorneys who can investigate them as well. I can’t image why they were not indicted if any malfeasance was discovered.

          • Spy – Well thankfully, the FBI and district attorneys in New York and Fulton County are not coddling this prominent federal official. I hope they will shine the light on all criminal activity.

  3. Less’see ….North Peachtree Parkway…privileged higher income ….45-year-old woman who probably wants to be her child’s “best friend” rather than a mother…wonder how many of the other kids in attendance had parents who knew about the drinking?

  4. 16-5-70. Cruelty to children

    3) A person convicted of the offense of cruelty to children in the third degree shall be punished as for a misdemeanor upon the first or second conviction.

    Slap on the wrist, unless charged as a 2nd degree;

    (2) A person convicted of the offense of cruelty to children in the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years.

    What the _____ was she thinking???