One boy dead and a father and son face misdemeanor for underage drinking partyMontevideo, MN (WDAY TV) - One boy is dead, and a father and son face misdemeanor charges in Montevideo Minnesota after an underage drinking party.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Montevideo, MN (WDAY TV) - One boy is dead, and a father and son face misdemeanor charges in Montevideo Minnesota after an underage drinking party.
Authorities say Gary and Erik Hastad violated Lac qui Parle County's social host ordinance, by serving alcohol to underage people at a party.
Star football player Michael Anyasike ran from the party when police arrived.
He died from hypothermia.
Here in the metro area, most people can agree that drinking is part of culture with prom and graduation season right around the corner authorities say drinking parties, some underage will only become more common and the consequences can be deadly.
Authorities say 19-year-old Erik Hastad and his father- 59-year-old Gary Hastad of Dawson are responsible for an underage drinking party that took the life of 18-year-old Michael Anyasike, a high school senior and athlete.
Anyasike died of hypothermia after fleeing a party put on by Erik Hastad. One authorities says Gary Hastad should have known alcohol was a contributing factor.
Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police: “We have been fortunate enough where we have not had a situation where someone has died.”
Both Hastads now face misdemeanor charges for violating the county's social host ordinance.
But in North Dakota both Cass County and Fargo city do not have anything similar.
Vettel: “At that point, we have not had a public outcry for an ordinance that would really take and address that specific need.”
Clay County also doesn't have a social host ordinance, but the city of Moorhead does.
Sgt. Toby Krone/Moorhead Police: “We do utilize it and we do cite people for it.”
Moorhead police can cite anyone hosting a party where underage drinking occurs a misdemeanor violation.
Krone: “I think it puts responsibility on the homeowners, it makes them accountable for what's going on on their property.”
Although their methods for enforcement differ both Moorhead and Fargo police agree no time of year is right for parents or friends to host parties for people underage.
Even though Fargo does not have a social host ordinance Police say there could still be serious criminal or civil penalties if you host a drinking party with minors especially if you provide the alcohol.