Casey Royer of D.I. Faces Heroin-Use and Child-Abuse and -Endangerment Charges After Allegedly OD'ing at 'Filthy' Home With 12-Year-Old Son Present

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Casey Royer, an Orange County punk-rock pioneer, faces misdemeanor charges after overdosing on heroin while watching television with his 12-year-old son at home in Newport Beach on Thursday.

The boy ran to a neighbor's house to get help for his 52-year-old dad. While reviving him, authorities discovered what the Orange County district attorney's office referred to as "filthy" living conditions.

Royer has been charged with two counts of child abuse and endangerment, as well as use and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He could get up to two years behind bars if convicted.

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Photo by John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
Steve Soto (left), Casey Royer (center) and Blairing Out With Eric Blair's host at the April 2010 premiere of We Were Feared in Newport Beach.
Royer began his musical career in 1979, when the then-21-year-old played drums with Social Distortion. He joined the Adolescents the following year, and when Steve Soto's band began what would be a five-year hiatus in 1981, Royer formed D.I.

He has returned for shows and recordings that have reunited the Adolescents over the years, and Royer also played with ADZ in the early 1990s, but his main focus all along has been keeping D.I. alive.

Royer was among the local punk icons who appeared in the documentary We Were Feared, which was about the short run of the late, great Costa Mesa club the Cuckoo's Nest. He also turned out for the film's April 2010 premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival.


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Snidely_Whiplash_III
Snidely_Whiplash_III

Casey better be careful, or he's gonna turn into Richard Reyes (of "Richard Hung Himself" fame) ... Richard started out with the ODs and worked his way up too.

Tannerparrott
Tannerparrott

i love you budy i no its hard just get threw it and learn the hard way now!!! but learn that shit sucks

RetardationCelebration
RetardationCelebration

I used to be a lot more punk rock and a lot less dad (I wasnt one.)

Now I am a lot more dad, and probably a little less punk rock.

I was never into DI anyway, but now as a dad, I'm just fucking disgusted.

Ugggh
Ugggh

man. that sucks. and he's a nice guy too. drugs is not the way to go :/

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Mike_newportbeach
Mike_newportbeach

there is so much H going around in Costa Mesa and so few jobs these day too. I have scene more and more adults get sucked in this crap.

woodz60
woodz60

D.I. - Damned Immature

Playnthedrt
Playnthedrt

This is a shame! Casey WTF! My band just played with DI a few weeks ago and we talked for a bit etc. Get it together man!!!!

Me
Me

How old are you Casey ??? 52 and using heroin in the presence of your daughter..Get a life and get a clue you tweeker !!

Elevenbravo75
Elevenbravo75

dammit Casey, pull yer head outta yer ass!!!!

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

Rony, you're a white people-hating racist. It's 2011

Brandy
Brandy

and maybe his friends should help him out and be a support group instead of talking shit

Tannerparrott
Tannerparrott

first of all its his son if you new anything maby you should talk so keep your mouth shut!

Brandy
Brandy

hey first off it was his son which yes is wrong but get this know the whole story and all before you go run your mouth on someone

Mitchell
Mitchell

Isn't a tweeker a meth addict?

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

Oh, I forget now it's cool to hate white people. Carry on with your hate.

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