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Northport lodge trashed by Eastern Washington fraternity posing as WSU bird watchers

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NORTHPORT, Wash. -

A 22-year-old Eastern Washington University student is facing charges after he organized a party for his fraternity at a Northport lodge that resulted in thousands of dollars in damage. When reserving the lodge, he told the owner it was to host a Washington State University bird watchers club.

According to a police report, Chase Lea is being charged with first degree criminal impersonation and second degree malicious mischief after booking the Northern Lights Lodge in March. He said he was with the bird watchers club, but was actually a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. A representative from the lodge told deputies that the party was attended by more than 100 people and caused nearly $5,000 in damage.

The probable cause documents say Lea reached out to the lodge. He admitted that there were "hijinks" at the lodge and said he would pay for the damages, but never did. 

Northern Lights Lodge contacted EWU about the incident and were told that the school was conducting its own investigation and wouldn't comment further.

The charges against Lea carry a maximum of five years in prison or a $10,000 fine. Lea is scheduled to appear in court next week.

 

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