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Arrests in Benton Co. Underage Drinking

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

Camden, Tenn. - Shocking details in the huge underage drinking bust in Benton County this past weekend. Officials have confirmed there were more than 100 partiers at a home near Camden. Deputies said they chased down intoxicated teens all through the night on more than 100 acres of land. About 50 were arrested for underage drinking.

Property owner Daniel Holloran told 7 Eyewitness news on Tuesday afternoon that he had no comment and is not sorry for what happened. He also said he was not even at the party, but the individuals taken into jail told deputies Holloran charged them $5 to get into the party and that included free drinks all night.

Many neighbors said they heard it all on their scanners. "They had called for all the officers to come in on Thompson School Road. So naturally I come outside and started to check it out," said Julie Utley.

According to Benton County Sheriff Tony King, more than 100 people attended the party at the residence, but what is more shocking is almost all of them were under 21 and drinking, 15 of them were under the age of 18. "I seen a couple of kids riding up and down the road on 4-wheelers earlier that afternoon," added Utley.

When deputies arrived at the scene on Saturday night, they reported finding people passed out in the grass and in cars, throwing up, running out of the wood putting their clothes back on, and fleeing from officers. "Shocked, surprised, you could hear them across the road in the woods and even the next morning when I got up to go to work at 4:00 they were still stopping people," exclaimed Utley.

It took 15 officers more than four hours and multiple trips on a school bus to haul the individuals to jail. "I just seen a bunch of cop cars go by and then I seen a bus go by," said Charlene Bells.

Out of the 100, 50 were arrested for underage drinking. Holloran, 52, has been charged with contributing to a minor, resisting arrest, and assault on an officer. Officers said Holloran also has a home in Franklin. "Especially as a second residence he would come in and promote and conduct whatever was going on," said Ronnie Pruiett.

Sheriff King said most of the party-goers did not know each other and were from the Williamson County area. He believes the party was promoted by a large number of people on Facebook. "I know that kids and younger people are going to do some crazy and sometimes stupid things, but whenever you hear of a grown man or woman involved and actually contributing and adding to it and maybe orchestrating the party, that is the most surprising thing," added Pruiett.

When the minors were asked by officials why they came all the way to Benton County for a party they told them it was because they didn't think they would get caught.

Holloran has been released from the Benton County Jail on $5,000 bond. His court date is set for July 11.