WARSAW — A Warsaw couple was recently charged for providing alcohol to more than 30 people under the age of 21.
John Albert Tucker, 52; and Maria E. Tucker, 49, both of 1542 Country Club Drive East, Warsaw, are charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, a class C misdemeanor.
On June 22, officers with the Warsaw Police Department went to a residence in regards to a report of a “huge underage drinking party.” Upon arrival, one officer saw two women in the street who ran and entered a vehicle. One officer saw a bottle of alcohol in the vehicle. Both women said they were younger than 21.
According to court documents, an officer approached the residence and saw a woman, later identified as Maria Tucker, exit the residence. Maria said she was not aware of any underage drinking taking place in the house and that if there was, she didn’t supply alcohol to anyone underage. While talking with Maria, the officer was approached by John Tucker, who said he had no knowledge of any underage drinking taking place at the residence. The officer then asked John if he could enter the house. John allegedly told the officer to leave the property and attempted to physically push the officer.
While walking toward the back of the house, the officer saw a second officer with Warsaw Police speaking with a large group of people. The officer saw several beer cans and alcohol bottles inside the residence. Officers began conducting Portable Breath Tests to those in the group. Thirty-three people under the age of 21 tested positive for alcohol on a PBT. Two people at the scene refused to take the test.
All juveniles with positive PBTs were charged for consumption of alcohol while being a minor.
John and Maria Tucker were booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on July 18 and 19.
John Tucker is co-president of Maple Leaf Farms in Milford, according to the company website.