EDWARDSVILLE -- Madison County prosecutors on Tuesday charged two people with providing beer to an Edwardsville teen who died in an alcohol-related crash.
And detectives issued a warning: They're after people who provide booze to minors.
Christopher J. Dungan, 17, wrecked his vehicle about 3 a.m. Thursday on Prairietown Road in rural Edwardsville and hit a tree. He died Friday at a St. Louis hospital. Dungan was a senior at Edwardsville High School.
Madison County Sheriff's Major John Lakin said Dungan was at a party at the home of Matthew L. Inman, 17, of Worden. Lakin said Keith A. Lowenstein, 21, of Worden, bought two 30-packs of beer for the party.
Prosecutors charged both Inman and Lowenstein with unlawful delivery of alcohol to a minor, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Prosecutors also charged Inman with obstructing justice, the same level of felony, for allegedly lying to detectives about the source of the beer.
Sheriff Robert Hertz's department has consistently cracked down on people who provide alcohol to minors.
"There's no big secret," Lakin said. "We arrest parents and we arrest the adults who provide the alcohol."
He added, "We're not going to back off on this. If you think it's not going to happen to you, you're wrong."
Lakin said Dungan's blood-alcohol level exceeded .2 percent. The threshold for a drunken-driving citation in Illinois is .08 percent.
Both defendants were not yet in custody Tuesday afternoon. Lakin said police were looking for them.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 23, 2007