A missing list of Park Tudor students attending a graduation party at the home of Jack Trudeau was the basis for a felony obstruction charge against the former Colts quarterback, court documents released today show.
The police affidavit in the case says also that former Conseco head Stephen Hilbert was a guest the night police arrested Trudeau and several juveniles on alcohol charges.
The sworn statement says it was Hilbert who told officers they would need a search warrant after police showed up to check on a report of juveniles drinking at the party. The affidavit offers new details of the police decision to charge the former NFL player, whose arrest underlined what have become annual warnings by authorities that parents are in violation of the law if they tolerate underage drinking at graduation parties.
The night began with a Friday-night party for Park Tudor graduates at Trudeau’s Zionsville residence, the report says. Trudeau told officers that he collected car keys and listed names on a clipboard -- but denied that he supplied any of the alcohol that authorities found there early Saturday.
Trudeau is charged with obstructing justice, a Class D felony, and misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
His wife, Lisa, was also charged on the misdemeanor accounts. The Trudeaus’ attorney, Mike Andreoli, waived their rights to the initial hearing on their behalf in Boone County Superior Court 2 this afternoon. Trudeau was charged after police found underage Park Tudor students celebrating their graduation with alcoholic beverages in his home.
According to a police report, when officers arrived on the scene, Trudeau was at the front of his home with a clipboard in his hand. He told officers that he was taking everybody’s names and keys so no one could leave the party. He said that if underage drinking was going on, he didn’t supply the alcohol, but added that he wasn’t checking people’s coolers or bags as they entered the party.
Authorities said Trudeau had told his guests that he didn't want them to wind up like Jon Pavey, a star receiver on the Zionsville Community High School football team who was critically injured in an accident May 25.
According to a toxicology report taken two hours after the accident, Pavey had a .09 blood alcohol level. He remains in stable condition at Methodist Hospital.
Authorities said that after they arrived, officers and Trudeau went around to the back of the home, where officers saw several open containers of beer, rum and wine, and called for additional police to help secure the scene.
When officers asked if they could check on the welfare of the kids, Trudeau asked, “How can we make this go away?”After officers pressed the issue, Stephen Hilbert, who was at the party with his wife Tomisue and son, told the officers to get a warrant.
After returning with a search warrant, officers gathered the graduates and gave alcohol breath tests.
Eight of the partygoers tested positive for alcohol. Seven of them were charged with either minor consumption of alcohol and minor possession of alcohol and taken by bus to the Boone County Jail. The seventh was under 18 and released to his parents who were also at the party.
When officers did a sweep of the woods behind the house, they found five more partygoers hiding. All five tested positive for alcohol and were arrested by police for resisting arrest. Four of the young men were charged with illegal possession by a minor.
During the house sweep, officers asked Trudeau for the clipboard with the names of the partygoers, but Trudeau said he didn’t know where it was. Trudeau was asked for the clipboard again later, and he once again denied having the list or knowing where it was. At that time, Trudeau also was arrested. Trudeau’s daughter was one of the graduates at the party, but wasn’t charged with a crime.
Andreoli, representing Trudeau, declined to comment except to say Trudeau and his wife did nothing to violate the law. He added there was “no question” that Trudeau is being made an example of by local authorities.
“Whether they’re doing it artfully or appropriately, we’ll leave that for another day,” he said. “Certainly the message is they’re not going to tolerate underage drinking in Boone County.”
Hilbert is the CEO of Haverstick Consulting, a Carmel-based IT company with several significant government contracts, including the State of Indiana and the Indianapolis Public Schools. Were Hilbert and his wife helping supervise the party at which their own child was attending? Trudeau tells police he wasn't serving alcohol to any minors at the party. Then why was he collecting their car keys as they arrived at the party? Was he just assuming they would consume alcohol they brought with them to the party?
UPDATE: A sidebar to today's story in the Star indicates police found at least 97 bottles of beer, an empty half-gallon bottle of vodka, an empty champagne bottle and a beer bong.