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Father faces charges related to son's drunken driving death

Posted December 3, 2008

— The father of a Wake Forest teen faces charges related to his son's drunken driving death.

Jarret Satchell, 18, was driving east on Purnell Road around 12:49 a.m. on Oct. 12 when his vehicle went off the pavement near Wolverton Fields Drive.

His vehicle became airborne, struck a pole, ran into a ditch and hit two trees before it overturned and came to a stop, authorities said.

Satchell was ejected from the vehicle and died of his injuries.

Troopers said that alcohol was involved in the wreck. Satchell's father, Mark, was charged Wednesday with four counts of allowing minors to drink alcohol, authorities said.

Satchell and his friends were drinking at the family's home before the crash, authorities said.

Satchell was a 2008 graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, where he played soccer, and had been home for fall break from East Carolina University.


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  • TFMN Dec 5, 2008

    It is very sad however it is even more disturbing that the father allowed the drinking! In NC you don't necessarily have to purchase the alcohol to be charged. It's called aiding and abetting. ALE does their job by gathering the facts before charging someone. The father (and mother) knew that the kids were drinking and it wasn't just beer or wine. It was called PJ which is a drink that has everclear in it! I'm just thankful that no other children died that evening! Some of these kids were barely 16!! Again I feel very bad for this family especially since it was not typical for them to allow this and Jarret was a wonderful kid, but they did that night and parents need to wake up and realize that it's NEVER OK to allow underage drinking in your home! It would be nice to see some community service where he can talk to students and their parents about the ramifications of underage drinking and ALLOWING it.

  • glsshouse Dec 5, 2008

    This is sad for all of the family and friends. The article didn't say he provided it because he didn't. Do not be hasty to judge.


    Once again WRAL does not supply enough information to make an opinion on the father. SHOCKING! I pray for the father!

  • gordonbabe Dec 4, 2008

    Bottom line; it's sad for everyone. Can you imagine? You just lost your child and now you're being blamed for it?!?!

    If the father gave the alcohol to him, then yes, he should be blamed, but the article says nothing about that. It only says they drank at the family's home. They could have brought the alcohol to the home, drank it without the father even knowing (father may not have been home).

    I don't drink inside or outside of my home. My older sister does. It won't take long before my nieces start slipping drinks. It scares me to death, but she won't stop, says that won't happen to 'her' kids.

  • amyrn Dec 4, 2008

    Yep, what's up with this. It doesn't say he supplied the etoh, maybe they just got it from his refrigerator.

  • SME2 Dec 4, 2008

    Yeah I never drank at my parents home when they were away.

  • didisaythat Dec 4, 2008

    I can't believe how some decisions are made. Most of the horrible things we see on WRAL and other places can be avoided. Society needs to wake up. Don't take the easy way all the time. Take responsiblity. Think about consequences of your actions. Letting your son and friends drink underage is stupid..letting them drive afterward is unbelievable. Be a parent..not a friend. He had those.

  • roadstar2000 Dec 4, 2008

    Sad all around.

  • IDontCare6 Dec 4, 2008

    "Satchell and his friends were drinking at the family's home before the crash, authorities said."

    It says nothing about the father allowing them to drink or even being present at the time of consumption. For all we know, the man could have been at work.

  • mproctor2 Dec 3, 2008

    prayers for this dad. he lost his son.