EPCSO: Desert Drinking Parties Are A Problem
POSTED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 10:07pm
EL PASO — An El Paso teen is charged with assaulting officers with a deadly weapon after deputies discovered an underage drinking party in Horizon City.
The Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Aaron Rosas hit two officers with his car while he was trying to get away.
One of the officers shot at the suspect, hit him and sent him to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says this type of party becomes more common when the weather gets warmer and kids have time on their hands.
Eddie Campa with The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says he's heard a lot of excuses from underage drinkers when officers crash their desert parties.
Campa says parents need to keep a close eye on their children.
"It serves as a reminder of the community we are going to be out there addressing the issue, and the community does need to pay a little closer attention to what their kids are out there doing,” said Campa.
When officers tell parents their child is caught at a drinking party, they often get a shocked reaction.
"You'll have some parents who will be like 'you told me you were staying at Grandma’s house and how did you get out of Grandma’s house? "
New equipment is helping the sheriff's office navigate through the desert so they can stop these illegal parties.
Campa says because El Paso has a high DWI rate, it's important to prevent underage drinkers from getting behind the wheel.
"First of all you, have under aged kids in the dessert area, who probably don't have permission to be there in the first place. They are probably on private property. They are intoxicated. They have a vehicle. They get out onto the public roadway and cause an accident, and end up killing someone,” said Campa.
The El Paso Sheriff's Office also says they use grant money to send officers into the dessert on a weekly basis to stop drinking parties.