Lawyer says client didn't provide alcohol to teens at party

Jayne Donegan

A lawyer for a woman accused of violating the state's social host law said Tuesday there's no evidence his client provided alcohol for teens while throwing a birthday party for her daughter.

Jayne Donegan is accused of allowing underage people to drink at her North Kingstown home on Jan. 25.

"There's no evidence that Jayne Donegan ever procured alcohol for any minors at any time," William Devereaux, Donegan's attorney said after a pretrial conference. "She gave specific orders that there was to be no alcohol at the party."

Police received a call about the party and responded to Donegan's home on Wilbert Way. Some teenagers in the driveway told an officer underage drinking was taking place inside. Police said they also found evidence of marijuana inside the home.

Donegan is also accused of assaulting an officer who came to her door. Devereaux claims the officer shoved her, leaving a bruise.

Devereaux asked the Rhode Island State Police to conduct an independent investigation into the actions of the arresting officer. State police declined the request and said North Kingstown should do the job.

"It's significant in how entry was gained into the house and essentially it would have some relevance as to the charges that have been launched against my client," he said.

North Kingstown Town Solicitor James Reilly says they think the officer behaved properly under the circumstances.