Mom and Guests in Jail After Graduation Party

A graduation party ends with the arrest of the graduate’s mother and dozens of underage party-goers. Veronica Mejia, who is a Fort Payne area business owner, is charged with Hosting an Illegal Open House Party and Allowing Minors to Consume Alcoholic Beverages. Mejia told officers that she was hosting a graduation party for her son and it got out of hand. 30 other people between the ages of 15 and 20 were also taken into custody at the party. It all happened Saturday night at Mejia’s home on Fruit Farm Road in Fort Payne. When Fort Payne police and DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, they found traffic blocking both sides of the road with about 100 people in the backyard. According to Fort Payne Police, this is the city’s largest ever open house arrest.


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