Monday, September 15, 2014

Idaho State Police Conduct Alcohol Age Compliance Checks in Canyon and Payette Counties

Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 9/15/14 at 3:30 p.m.

MERIDIAN - Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) conducted alcohol age compliance checks on Thursday and Friday nights in Canyon and Payette counties.

The operation in Canyon County was conducted by plainclothes ABC detectives with the assistance of underage youths. The youths asked approximately fifty different adults who were entering businesses where alcohol is sold to purchase alcoholic beverages for them. Of those asked, only six people provided alcohol to the minors. Misdemeanor citations were issued to these individuals and the cases have been referred to the appropriate prosecuting attorney's office.

Penalties for a person who sells or furnishes alcohol to underage youth pursuant to section 23-603, Idaho Code, include fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail.

The operation in Payette County was in conjunction with the Big Nasty Hill Climb. ABC was assisted by patrol troopers, the Payette County Sheriff's Office, the Fruitland and Payette Police Departments, as well as, Idaho Fish and Game. During the operation, 18 citations were issued to minors for the consumption or possession of alcohol under the legal drinking age of 21.

One 19 year-old female provided a breath sample of .248 which is three times the legal limit of alcohol for operating a motor vehicle and another 19 year-old female was transported to the hospital for possible alcohol poisoning due to over consumption.

Additional citations were issued for providing false identification to law enforcement and delaying and obstructing law enforcement.