Police Chief Witnessed No Drinking at Party
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross was at the party at Gov. Chafee's estate where a teen got alcohol poisoning.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross – an active member of The BAY Team, Barrington’s substance-abuse prevention coalition -- said he saw no drinking at the party hosted by Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s son on Memorial Day that led to a teenager, 18, being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning, according to the Providence Journal.
LaCross attended the party at the governor’s estate in Exeter. And he met Chafee’s son, Caleb, who did not appear intoxicated, LaCross said.
The police chief also said he didn’t see any alcohol, according to the Providence Journal.
But the chief also said he is disappointed by most of the teens at the party for pleading their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when State Police investigators tried to interview them about the young woman. See a separate story posted by WPRO radio.
LaCross has been an active member of The BAY Team for years. He speaks frequently to teens in an effort to curb underage drinking. He was outspoken about the need for the Town Council to set conditions on identity checks for liquor stores wanting to open in Barrington.