PALM BEACH — A University of Kansas frat boy was arrested by Palm Beach Police at The Breakers on New Year’s Eve after he allegedly tried to use a fake ID that made him look old enough to booze it up.
The problem for rosy-cheeked political science major Henry Killen — oh well, there goes the political career! — is that cops actually checked on the name on the driver’s license and couldn’t find anyone in existence with that name.
Once he gave up his real ID, it became apparent the 19-year-old was grown up enough to be charged like an adult and PBPD threw him in the slammer with a felony charge hanging over his head.
Killen was in town to visit his gramps (who signed for his $5,000-bail) and is the son of John Killen, a former high-ranking National Basketball Association official.
John Killen now owns WinCraft, one of this country’s biggest manufacturer of sport souvenirs and trinkets.
Young Henry didn’t return calls for comment and has yet to hire a lawyer.
According to police, the incident took place shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve at HMF, the hip new bar in the lobby of The Breakers. A victim of its own success with locals, HMF (stands for Henry Morrison Flagler) recently started having plain-clothes cops work there during periods of heavy affluence.
The cop on-duty says he approached Killen after hotel security reported he was thought to be underage and drinking booze.
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When asked for his ID, Killen allegedly handed over an Illinois license.
But when the officer reported back that it was likely a fake, Killen allegedly tried to take it out of the officer’s hands. Killen became increasingly upset and tried again to take back the license before walking away.
He was charged with felony fraud and resisting an officer without violence.
In time, Killen gave up his real driver’s license, one from Minnesota.
At KU, Killen’s a director of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a social club with a mounting number of drinking and hazing incidents nationwide.