Council member charged with providing alcohol to a minor

Robert Byron Tippie

Liberty Hill City Councilman Byron Tippie was arrested Jan. 9 and charged with purchasing/furnishing alcohol to a minor — a Class A misdemeanor.

Tippie was booked into the Williamson County Jail and released the same day on a $10,000 bond.

Tippie, who would not respond to The Independent’s requests for an interview this week, attended the Jan. 17 regular meeting of the City Council.

According to an arrest affidavit prepared by a Williamson County Sheriff’s detective, an 18-year-old Liberty Hill man reported to the officer that he consumed alcohol at Tippie’s residence on Dec. 20, 2012. After drinking two beers, the man walked to the Shot Time Bar where he consumed three more beers, the document states.

“After the bar closes, (the minor) consumed three shots of Jack Daniels that were purchased or provided by the defendant,” the affidavit states.

The document further states that the minor “made two recorded phone calls to Robert (Tippie). During the recorded calls between Robert and (the minor), Robert admitted to purchasing, providing or making alcohol available to (the minor) on multiple occasions at his residence.”

A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000 and/or confinement in jail for up to one year.