Dad Ticketed over Underage Drinking Party

A high school party appears to get out of control. Two of the teens end up in an emergency room...and it all -- witnesses said -- took place at the home of a counselor for Millard Public Schools.

On February 23, a home near 150th and F, neighbors say, looked like party central.

The man of the house told police it was a birthday party for three people and 70 teenagers showed up. Several teens later admitted to drinking there.

Officers first learned of the party when not one, but two 16-year-old girls showed up after midnight at the emergency room at Methodist Women's hospital. They were intoxicated. Their mothers brought them here. One of the teens was unconscious.

"That is one of the questions. How did these two young ladies even get home?" said Nicole Carritt with Project Extra Mile -- an organization working to prevent underage drinking. "What we know is the majority of alcohol that kids get, comes from adults."

The homeowner -- Tim Briggs -- was cited for child neglect and contributing to the deliquency of a minor. He's married to a high school counselor with Millard Public Schools.

Their 17-year-old daughter and her female friend were still in the basement when officers arrived.

The teen's preliminary alcohol breath test was 0.157 -- her friend's breathalyzer was 0.161. 0.08 is legal maximum for driving.

Tim Briggs told officers that he checked on the downstairs party about every 15 minutes and never observed anyone drinking - and that the party was not supposed to be as big. He believes people were "sneaking into the home through the back door."

The two 16-year-old girls who said they left the party were treated for alcohol overdose.

Channel Six News has learned the father who was ticketed for the party, Tim Briggs is married to a high school community counselor for Millard public schools.

Sources tell Channel 6 news she was out of town the night of the party.

A spokesperson for Millard schools says she was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Her job is to counsel teens who are going through rough patches in their life.

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