Father Cleared Of Charges In Teen Son’s Drinking Incident

BURGETTSTOWN (KDKA) — A man from Tennessee who was arrested in Washington County and charged with giving his 14-year-old son alcohol is telling his story.

Bannon Myers, 41, is breaking his silence after the charges against him were dropped today.

The nightmare for Myers and his 14-year-old son, Shane, began on August 14. They had driven from Kingsport, Tenn., to visit family in Burgettstown.

“We [were] out having a cookout and I did drink a little bit and I went to bed – we all went to bed,” Myers told KDKA-TV. “He got back up and snuck into the alcohol.”

Shane was found in the backyard by a neighbor. He was unconscious when he was taken to the hospital. He drank tequila, vodka and Mountain Dew, but his father spent several days in jail charged with giving his son the booze.

Myers says no one would listen.

“The officer kept just saying how worthless I was as a father and took me to jail,” he said.

Myers was back for court in Burgettstown. The charges were dropped, but he says his life will never be the same.

“People I was even friends with on the computer and stuff don’t want nothing to do with me, don’t want me around their kid over it,” he said. “I mean, it’s been pretty rough.”

Myers’ brother, Brian, who lives in Burgettstown, says he too is damaged.

“The family’s been having problems since then,” he told KDKA-TV. “We own two restaurants and everybody at the time thought it was me and kept coming in and asking, ‘What was I thinking?’ and I had nothing to do with it –my brother had nothing to do with it.”

Myers, who is on disability, says the trips back and forth to Pennsylvania for court hearings have taken a financial toll on him. After almost losing custody of his son, both are now in counseling.

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  • Ellen Carlin

    Perhaps, even though he is not guilty of the original charge, there is some poor parenting go on here. Let that be a warning to all parents that kids will copy your behaviors. Also, it is a cautionary tale about leaving alcohol and drugs (legal and otherwise) out where kids can get them. A note to teenagers, do you really want your family to go through something like this?

    • WENDY

      That is not poor parenting. He went to bed and don’t tell me you don’t drink in front of your children. I know what its like to be blamed for something where no one would listen. A 14 y/o is old enough to know right from wrong. What is the father supposed to do, stay up all night to make sure his kids don’t do anything.

      • Concerned

        @ Wendy,
        I have a 15 year old and I HAVE NEVER drank in front of him or any of my other children. It does set a bad example, I don’t care who you are! “Do as I say, not as I do!” That is what parents tell their kids because the parents don’t want to grow up enough to not drink in front of their kids!
        Let’s face it, the man had too much to drink PASSED OUT for the night and the kid snuck the alcohol. It could happen to anyone. The kid should know better than to do it.
        Instead of family counseling, I think this kid needs an AA meeting or two to let him see the real dangers of alcohol.

      • Dave

        @Concerned, do you drive in front of your children? Do you vote in front of your children. It is not a crime to drink in front of your children. My children know that they can’t drive until their 16 and can’t drink until they’re 21. It’s really rather simple.

      • Andy

        Where does it say he passed out? It says he, and all other members, including the son, went to bed. Read what’s written and not what you want to pretend happened.

  • Dave

    Perhaps the “officer” should just do his job and keep his wrong thoughts to himself.

  • Fred

    He brought the boy from Tennessee they drink bourbon from a baby bottle down there, fn cops out there are idiots

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