VIDEO: Parents allegedly buy minors beer at Brookhaven theater, then lie to cops

A mother, her adult son and her ex-husband are all facing charges for allegedly buying and serving teenagers alcohol during a showing of “Incredibles 2” at a Brookhaven dine-in theater, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Police bodycam footage obtained by Channel 2 allegedly shows Daniel Ash, 53, of Norcross, and Linda Whitmore-Ash, of Atlanta, lying to Brookhaven police about four girls’ ages after they bought them a pitcher of beer at Cinebistro on Sunday. 

When officers pulled out breathalyzers, Ash allegedly yelled, “No, cause you are getting against my right! This child has not been drinking! Arrest me!” 


The four girls included his daughter, their siblings and a friend, Channel 2 reported. Police said the teens’ ages range from 13 to 15. 

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Cinebistro management called police after they said the teen girls tried to purchase alcohol without an ID. After they were denied drinks, management said the parents lied about the girls’ ages and bought a pitcher of beer, Channel 2 reported.

“Parents may choose to raise their children as they see fit inside the privacy of their own homes,” Brookhaven police Maj. Brandon Gurley told the news station. “However, when you're in public in a business such as this, you are held accountable to the laws of our society.”

The bodycam video allegedly shows the couple encouraging their 13-year-old to take a Breathalyzer first. She had not been drinking, police said.

“If this child comes up clean, I want you to stop this immediately!” Ash is heard saying on the video.

One of the 15-year-olds admits to drinking and takes a Breathalyzer, Channel 2 reported.

Ash, Whitemore-Ash and James Whitmore, of Atlanta, all face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to DeKalb County jail records. 

Ash faces an additional disorderly conduct charge, Whitmore-Ash faces a charge of obstruction of law enforcement officers and Whitmore faces a charge of furnishing, purchasing and possession of alcoholic beverages by persons below legal age. 

All three bonded out Monday, jail records show.

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