Ree Drummond is best known to her fans as “The Pioneer Woman.” She’s a popular food writer and television personality who specializes in homestyle meals like, Pepperoni Chicken and Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup.
Unfortunately, the 50-year-old mom of four isn’t making headlines for her delicious recipes right now, but instead because one of her four children was arrested.
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I've got my mom glasses on, but that's okay 'cause I've got Paige by my side. The clock is ticking until she leaves for college. Just a little over six weeks. I'm measuring every single moment. Minutes have taken on a whole new meaning. At dinner last night, Alex asked me if I was ready for Paige to go. The two-man band in the restaurant's lounge was singing "You've Got a Friend" (the James Taylor version) and, well…a thousand tiny needles attacked my nose. I pulled it together but it was a close call. No more questions in public places, Alex! This stuff is hard, friends.
According to E! Online, Drummond’s 19-year-old daughter, Paige Drummond, was arrested back in April in their home state of Oklahoma. As court documents state, Paige was charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age as well as public intoxication.
On the night she was arrested, Paige reportedly appeared to be “in a drunken condition” and was in possession of an “open container of beer.”
However, as E! Online reports, the teen’s request to have the court records expunged was eventually approved by the district attorney in May after Paige allegedly also requested that she be arrested.
Drummond and her daughter have yet to publicly comment on the matter.
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Here's how to make Paige's oven fries: Peel 4 russets, cut 'em into 8 wedges, throw 'em in a bowl with 1/2 cup olive oil, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon chili powder, and 5 cloves garlic (grated with microplane zester). Toss with your hands, then arrange on 2 baking sheets (so they don’t crowd/steam) and bake 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice during baking. They were sizzly and perfect! (And we ate them with fry sauce, which is another story for another time.)
Based on Drummond’s Instagram page, Paige is currently enrolled in college. However, it’s unclear if that’s where she was when the arrest occurred.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite the fact that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, “people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11-percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States”:
More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks. On average, underage drinkers consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers. In 2013, there were approximately 119,000 emergency rooms visits by persons aged 12 to 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol. And excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year.
It’s important for kids and teens under the age of 21 to understand the consequences of underage drinking, especially before they go off to college.