Out of control house party leads to dozens of arrests - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Out of control house party leads to dozens of arrests

Leighton Davenport, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Leighton Davenport, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.

(WMC-TV) – Fifty people are facing charges after an underage party got out of control over the weekend.

Leighton Davenport was arraigned in court Monday and posted $100 bond.

Meanwhile, one of Davenport's close friends said he's not surprised by the 18-year-old's recent arrest.

Davenport is charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and providing beer and liquor to minors.

"This is, I believe, the third incident that he's been in trouble with law enforcement," said Dalton Mullins.

The incident happened at a Lakeland home in the 4200 block of Chalmette Drive around 11:30 Saturday night after nearly 50 people were arrested at an out of hand underage house party.

When authorities arrived, they found a large number of minors drinking alcohol and a strong smell of marijuana in the garage of the home.

"There was supposedly marijuana and a bunch of other illegal drugs," said Mullins.

Officers also found approximately 15 cases of beer and 12 guns.

Around 20 people fled the scene, but 47 were detained.

"There was a little over 200 people there at that party, hiding in places they could find in the house trying not to get arrested," Mullins said.

According to an affidavit of complaint, a 17-year-old girl was also found extremely intoxicated and vomited up several pills in the back of a squad car. She was taken to St. Francis Bartlett and was last reported in stable condition.

There was no adult supervision at the house.

Davenport, told officers the homeowners, his grandparents, were out of town on vacation at Pickwick Lake.

No one answered the door when an Action News 5 crew stopped by the house.

"Doesn't surprise me at all," Mullins said of his friend's arrest. "He's done it before, thought he could get away with it again. Guess he didn't expect as many people to show up as they did."

Davenport is due back in court on May 18.

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