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6/28/05-Rusk County

More Legal Troubles For Tatum Family

More trouble for a Tatum family. 19 year old David Reid is going to trial next month, accused of racing and crashing into a car that killed four girls, one of them, his own sister. Now, Reid's father, Randy Reid, is facing unrelated charges of his own.

KLTV 7 News has learned that a party at the Reid home involving minors and alcohol, has left Randy a wanted man.

On the night of April 15th, officer Jeffrey Pearson with the TABC says he was alerted to a party going on in the machine shop in the Reid's backyard. "Chief Hall from Tatum had received a call from a concerned parent whose daughter had been at that party and had come and told her mother that there were minors drinking at the party. There were 10 to 15 minors there. Some were drinking, some were not," says Pearson.

Many of the teens were issued citations. Warrants were issued for the arrest of Randy Reid because he is the one in control of the property. "He should know that these things are going on, several feet from him, so we do hold him responsible," says Pearson.

In the arrest affidavit, officer Pearson details what he saw at the Reid home. He says they observed several youthful appearing individuals consuming alcohol. Later in the report, officer Pearson says he destroyed over 20 alcoholic beverages at the site.

Randy Reid was not available for comment, but his wife did speak off camera. She says neither of them knew kids were drinking alcohol at their home and her husband should never have been charged. Officer Pearson disagrees.

This is not Randy Reid's first run in with the law. In 1993, he was convicted on a charge of DWI from Gregg County.

Authorities are not sure when Randy Reid will be arrested on the charge of providing alcohol to minors, but they say it will happen. If convicted of the class A misdemeanor, Reid could face $1,000 fine and one year in jail.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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