A night of drinking leads to arrests of two Hardy men for alcohol related charges. According to a police report from the Cherokee Village Police Department, on March 28, Cherokee Village Officer J. Moore discovered a wrecked and abandoned vehicle down an embankment resting against a utility pole on the corner of Flathead and Cherokee Road.
Cherokee Village Officer Tamara Taylor then responded to the scene in the early morning hours and recognized the red Mazda RX8 as one that was parked at 30 Arapaho earlier in the evening. Once arriving at the home, Taylor noticed vehicles in the yard, numerous lights in the home on and empty beer boxes, bottles and hard liquor bottles lying both in the yard and on the kitchen floor of the home. She said no one would come to the door.
Taylor said she later made contact with the father of the juvenile girl who lived at the home and he too said he had been unable to make contact with her. She said she then made contact with the owner of the vehicle Melinda Seward, who said her son Cody Seward, 21, of Hardy, was the one driving the car and she was unable to make contact with him either.
Later that afternoon, Taylor met with the juvenile girl who admitted to having a party at her house the night before, stating that Chase Hussung, 18, of Hardy, drove Cody Seward to her home in Seward's car. She told the officers that Seward had been drinking prior to the two arriving at her home. She said the group drank several drinks at her home and then drove to the home of Brad Harris.
The juvenile female said she recalled Seward falling to sleep late in the night but that Hussung was still awake and outside. She said she wasn't sure if he took Seward's vehicle.
After interviewing Hussung at his residence and both him and his mother Amy Hussung continually interrupting and defending her son, Taylor's report said she chose to terminate the interview due to lack of cooperation.
On March 30, Cherokee Village Detective Wendall Lane and Taylor met with Seward who admitted purchasing alcohol with Hussung on the night in question and going to the juvenile's home, where they continued to drink. He said Robert Warden then drove them to the Harris home where he fell asleep with the keys in his pocket.
Seward told authorities his vehicle was gone with he woke the next morning. He said he found Hussung in the juvenile's home the next morning sleeping with his car keys laying beside him. He said later, Hussung apologized for wrecking his car and said he was hurt. Hussung later admitted to authorities that after purchasing alcohol in Thayer and traveling to the juvenile female's home, he went to Harris's home and then took Seward's car stating he was, "extremely intoxicated and should not have been driving." Hussung acknowledged he wrecked the car and walked back to the juvenile's home and went to bed.
Hussung was cited for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, careless and prohibited driving, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a restricted license.