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Party at Smithfield councilman's house leads to alcohol charges

Posted May 16, 2011

— Twenty-one people face alcohol-related charges after police broke up a Saturday night party at a Smithfield Town Council member's home, police said Monday.

Officers went to Councilman Perry Harris' home at 1205 Baker St. about 11:30 p.m. after receiving a complaint about a large party. Both Harris and his wife were out of town, police said.

About 100 people were at the party, and 21 were charged with underage possession of alcohol, said Lt. Keith Powell of the Smithfield Police Department.

Police used a portable Breathalyzer on everyone at the party, Powell said. Anyone suspected of underage drinking can refuse a Breathalyzer, he said.

Among those cited were Harris’ younger daughter, Alice Dixon Harris, 17, and Ashley Morgan Mills, 17, the daughter of Johnston County Attorney David Mills.

Others cited were Christopher Chad Earp, 19, of 307 Stancil St.; Cameron Elizabeth Mast, 19, of 1099 N. Lakeside Drive; Alison Parker McMillan, 19, of 1061 N. Lakeside Drive; Austin Carr Coats, 19, of 4284 Swift Creek Road; Allison Parker Britt, 17, of 205 W. Wilson St.; Graham P. Wooten, 20, and Bryan Scott Wooten, 17, both of 11 British Court; Alec James Tremblay, 17, of 69 Serenity Point in Selma; Kegan A. Turner, 19, of 213 W. Wilson St.; Meganne Louise Hurt, 16, of 1107 S. Second St.; James Matthew Oldham, 19, of 2 British Court; Sarah K. Youngblood, 19, of 31 Lee Youngblood Road; Caroline Hayes Tobin, 17, of 13 British Court; Benjamin Monroe Daughtry, 17, of 7 British Court; Whitney Drury Carter, 18, of 15 Afton Lane; Erin Nicole Tremblay, 18, of 601 S. College Road in WIlmington; Bennett Joseph Johnson, 17, of 1011 Chestnut Drive; Haley Allison Jones, 17, of 957 N.C. Highway 210; and Jordan Tyler Canupp, 19, of 4470 Harper House Road in Four Oaks.

Officers also seized a marijuana pipe and a prescription pill bottle at the scene, according to an arrest report.


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  • RM24 May 20, 2011

    How much would it have cost if one of these children ran over somebody or wrapped their car around a tree? Social discrimination EcuPirate? Good luck with that mindset in the real world.

    Would'a cost. Could'a cost. I really wish I was a fortune teller.

  • JoCoNC May 19, 2011

    Exactly fullback42, and there were 100 kids not just 40 in attendance. As for the breathalyzing, yeah - it is legal and if you refuse you get to go the hospital and get your blood drawn. Your age does not matter, why do you think there is a legal drinking age? How much would it have cost if one of these children ran over somebody or wrapped their car around a tree? Social discrimination EcuPirate? Good luck with that mindset in the real world.

  • fullback42 May 19, 2011

    Everything the SPD did was legal, it had nothing to do with politics. They received a complaint and went to the house party to find underage drinking and drugs. Its your own fault, don't blame the police, no one cares who your parents are or what your family name is. You broke the law and got caught. Get over it.

  • ecubabee May 18, 2011

    Deliquent Debutantes

  • kittenlover May 18, 2011

    Personally, I think that everyone of them deserved a ticket. They were at the wrong place, at the wrong time. These people are also very mean to others. I think its karma.

  • Dr.Phil May 17, 2011

    Don't the SFPD have better things to do such as finding out how some of The TownHall bureaucrats got their big raises...should have told the kids to break it up and if they were leaving to get a DD.I have a young adult and her and her friends always have a DD.But that wouldn't make the news ...it seems the Town are trying to get all the good publicity they can to justify there raise....go get em boys...lock up those Hard Core Criminals..not!!!

  • lnbgirl May 17, 2011

    This is a sad situation for all.I hope it doesnt have negative effect on these girls becoming debutantes.

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  • wifeofalawman May 17, 2011

    Okay enough about the drunk driving... They where not driving and futher more I dont think grown adults need to drink and drive but they do... even police officers do it..

  • wifeofalawman May 17, 2011

    cont... licences. Call their parents to come and get them and so forth. There was no need to be a&&es and put this mess on TV or anywhere else.. REALLY who cares that he is a town council man..I don't. I know my children one day will do the same thing and guess what their father is a police officer are you going to report that on TV???? Nope because I am just a nobody. Be glad the kids were not doing large amounts of drugs having sex and then telling you as parents 3 months later they were prego.. Really people yes underage drinking is not cool if your going to drive but guess what it is not cool for a 40 year old to do it either. And for the teenage death rate in JOCO it is not from drinking and driving its from not being experenced drivers and worring more about a phone call or a text message. All I have to say now is Kids you know right from wrong but have fun and enjoy your teenage years because you dont get them back... just be more responsible to the amount of people that showu