Lake op nets alcohol-related arrests, citations

Published 8:48am Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This past Saturday, a joint law enforcement detail was conducted on Lake Martin in Tallapoosa and Elmore counties. The detail, believed to be the first of its kind, was aimed at preventing underage drinking and alcohol sales around the Lake Martin area. It was prompted by reports from recent underage arrestees that they had purchased alcoholic beverages at local establishments.
Officers of the Alabama Marine Police, Alabama ABC Board, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and Wind Creek State Park personnel participated in the two-phase detail.
Phase One involved checking lakeside businesses for compliance with alcohol sales laws, rules and regulations, and it featured attempts by underage operatives to purchase alcohol from those businesses.
Undercover operatives were successful in purchasing alcohol at several establishments, and those individual sellers were cited by ABC agents. The licensees will be cited administratively by the ABC Board.
A local restaurant was also found to have a number of additional ABC rules and regulations violations, which will be handled administratively by the ABC Board.
Phase Two of the detail consisted of a nighttime saturation patrol by uniformed officers targeting high-traffic areas of the lake, resulting in:
•Two arrests for Minors in Consumption of alcoholic beverages
•Two arrests for Boating Under the Influence
•One arrest for Driving Under the Influence
Additionally, several marine and traffic safety violation citations were issued, and one individual was taken into custody and delivered to the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department for outstanding warrants for Domestic Violence.
“This is a perfect example of state agencies pooling their resources together to make Alabama a safer place both on the waterways and the highways,” said Secretary Spencer Collier of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

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