After-prom party in Columbia County ends in 2 arrests, 23 citations

Rachael Sheree Arrington

A mother was sent to jail and 20 Lakeside High School students and three other minors were cited after Columbia County deputies broke up an after-prom party in Evans early Saturday morning, police said.

Around 1 a.m., deputies were called to the 3500 block of Greenway Drive in reference to a noise complaint, a sheriff’s report says.

When deputies arrived at the house, they saw several teenagers drinking in the driveway. The teens scattered, some running behind the house toward Furys Ferry Road, according to the report.

Deputies found the homeowner, Rachael Sheree Arrington, 42, who said her daughter was having a prom after-party with her friends.

The report says after some investigation, it became clear to police that Arrington had noticed the minors drinking alcohol and even admitted she took away several drinks but did nothing else to “further deter the minors from consuming alcoholic beverages or ending the party.”

There was also a sign on a board in the upstairs area that contained the rules: no alcohol downstairs, no loud music/noise outside and have fun, according to the report.

Arrington was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to delinquency/unruliness/deprivation of a minor and providing alcohol to any person under 21 years of age. She was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and released at 10:45 a.m. after posting a $3,200 bond, according to the jail Web site.

One minor was also arrested after he tried to hide in the bathroom and became aggressive when deputies tried to remove him.

He received two citations; 23 other minors received citations for underage drinking and were released to their parents.

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