We all know that drinking can impair our better judgments. Not only that, but drinking causes many accidents. Driving under the influence has caused numerous accidents to date, ranging from personal injuries to wrongful deaths. But what happens when an adult sells alcohol to minors and underage individuals? One grown man’s sober choice to allow people under the age of 21 to purchase alcohol has led to his arrest.
On Sunday, July 1, Eduardo Hidalgo was arrested on suspicion of hosting a party for underage drinkers and charging them admission. In this party, Hidalgo had multiple supplies of alcohol available for party goers. To obtain this alcohol, the San Diego male resident used his warehouse key and stole three beer kegs, bottles of beer, bottles of different kinds of liquor, and equipment for a beer pong table. He did not have permission from his supervisor to take the beverages and items.
The discovered beer pong equipment was from the party Hidalgo had hosted. Beer pong has become a very popular game among house parties. The game consists of two parties, cups of beer, a ping pong table, and a ping pong ball. To play the game, the two parties take turns trying to bounce the ball into their opponent’s cup(s), resulting in one of the players having to finish the alcohol held within the cup. The more alcohol consumed, the messier the game becomes. This game can often result in quick intoxication from drinking multiple cups of beer in one game. To allow minors to play this game is to encourage underage drinking and possible accidents that can occur from major intoxication.
Eduardo Hidalgo was arrested in the middle of the night at 3:30 a.m. at San Marcos, California. He was in the warehouse of a plumbing supply company of where he was employed. It was at the warehouse where police officials found all the alcohol and beer pong supplies. Along with the drinks, policemen also found $886 of what is thought to be the proceeds Hidalgo acquired from the event.
Hidalgo is currently booked at the Vista jail for violating San Diego County’s social host ordinance of outlawing individuals from hosting a party where minors can drink alcohol. Since Hidalgo seemed to be aiming to do exactly the opposite of the county’s ordinance, he is being charged.
Allowing minors to drink alcohol is highly irresponsible. Not only because it can violate laws, but also because of the accidents and harm it may cost. Imagine if a teen left the party intoxicated, decided to drive home, then collided with another vehicle—the aftermath can be catastrophic. DUI accidents cause many personal injuries to victims and many also cause wrongful deaths. By preventing people from driving under the influence—minors and adults—then the number of deaths and injuries can be decreased.
However, no matter how hard the city or state tries, there are a few careless drivers who decide that they are able to drive even after consuming alcohol. These negligent individuals are the source of many heartaches and stress that result from personal injury. If you have been a victim in a car accident, consult with one of our San Diego car accident attorneys today and see what we can do for you.