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North Kingstown woman charged under social host law

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - A North Kingstown woman has been charged under Rhode Island’s social host law after police said dozens of teenagers attended a birthday party where alcohol and drugs were made available.

Jayne Donegan was arrested and charged with simple assault, obstructing an officer and procurement of alcohol for underage persons. She was arraigned and released on $5,000 personal recognizance. Donegan is scheduled to next appear in court on Feb. 11.

Police were alerted to a home on Wilbert Way at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after neighbors called to complain of teenagers drinking and urinating in their yards.

When officers arrived, he saw dozens of cars parked in the area and teenagers running away from the house toward the woods. After police entered the home, they noticed several teens had been drinking.

"Two of the participants that we identified were incapacitated to the point where we felt they should seek medical attention," said Chief Thomas Mulligan of the North Kingstown Police Department.

According to the police report, when officers knocked loudly on the door to be heard over the music playing, Donegan answered and said, "You don't have to knock the door down." The report said Donegan tried to slam the door shut, and struck the officer while screaming, "You can't be in my house. I'm an attorney and I know my rights."

An officer told Donegan he was there to check on the well-being of the teenagers at the party. The officer noticed Donegan may have been drinking after smelling alcohol on her breath.

"The presence of alcohol, the number of kids that were there drinking. It is our belief that the parent was aware of what was going on," Mulligan said.

According to the report, police found alcohol, drug paraphernalia and marijuana buds at the party.

No other arrests were made and police ensured that all of the teenagers at the party got home safely.

NBC 10's attempts to contact Donegan went unsuccessful.

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