Whiskey bent and beach bound

Published 7:57 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alcohol and underage drivers do not mix, especially with Spring Break right around the corner.

The Luverne Police Department hit paydirt this weekend as they recovered massive amounts of beer and liquor from underage drivers who were heading to the beach for Spring Break.

On Saturday, three white female juveniles from Tennessee were stopped for speeding on West Third Street. The 19-year-old driver was clocked doing 48 in a 25 m.p.h. speed zone. Officers found 16 beers in a cooler, seven bottles of liquor, and one bottle of Chaser Pills (herbal remedies for hangovers.) The females were charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol. The driver was also charged with speeding.

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On Sunday, March 8, LPD officers arrested five white males from Ohio, who were pulled over on South Forest Ave. They were caught on West Third Street driving at an estimated speed of 65 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. speed zone. The driver, 19, was arrested for reckless endangerment, reckless driving, possession of untaxed alcohol, and a minor in possession of alcohol. The four passengers, all age 20, were charged with possession of untaxed alcohol and minor in possession.

Officers on the scene confiscated seven 30-pack cases of beer, one 24-pack case of beer, 12 single Miller High Life beers, and 10 bottles of liquor.

On March 9 and 10, two additional juveniles were arrested with one bottle of liquor each.

“Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year when our young people are heading to the beach and getting ready for Spring Break, and we need to do everything we can to protect them,” LPD Investigator David Sankey said.