Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

On August 20, 2016, an event involving underage drinking with an estimated 300 participants was broken up following tips to the sheriff’s department. Tips alleged that underage drinking was being allowed at a farm located off Cripple Creek Road. Deputy James Fox was patrolling along US Hwy 25 and observed a high amount of traffic heading in the direction of that location.

Dep. Fox requested the assistance of deputies Jonas Saunders, Brian Hensley and CSO Ray Salas. Dep. Fox contacted Kentucky State Police and received assistance from three State Troopers and Williamsburg Police Officer Cody Jeffries.

Upon arrival, officers encountered a crowd of approximately 300 persons. Many were underage, intoxicated and were from multiple counties.

In the crowd was Douglas Monroe Jones, 51, of Cripple Creek. Dep. Fox arrested Douglas Jones for counts of unlawful transaction with a minor and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Dep. Hensley arrested 19-year-old Dustin White for alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct after White refused to comply with law enforcement commands.

Jail records indicate State Trooper Jeremy Elliott arrested 22-year-old Tyler A. Jones for resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

No drugs were located. Those allowed to leave the location passed portable breath tests and field sobriety tests. Officers also had to contact parents of the minors. The sheriff’s department is continuing an investigation.

“Some of these kids at this self-described ‘Barn Burner’ were from as far away as Somerset. I hate to think of what may have happened if this party wasn’t interrupted. So many things could have gone bad and potentially ruined or ended a life. The department appreciates being made aware of this location’s reputation. Tips are very beneficial and we welcome them.” -Sheriff Colan J. Harrell