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Cottage Grove beer buy leads to criminal charges

Two people were issued alcohol-related citations following a traffic stop Feb. 8 in Cottage Grove.

A police officer on routine patrol shortly before 9 p.m. saw a passenger from a vehicle parked outside G-Will Liquors go inside the store and return with a 24-pack of beer, which was placed in the trunk.

The officer recognized the driver as someone who is not of legal drinking age. The officer made a traffic stop near Jamaica Avenue and 90th Street. The driver, a 17-year-old Cottage Grove boy, admitted that his friend bought the beer for him, knowing that he was only 17, the report said.

The teen, who had already been drinking, was cited for underage consumption, minor in possession of alcohol and violating the state’s not-a-drop law that prohibits someone under 21 from drinking alcohol and driving.

The boy’s friend, a 21-year-old St. Paul Park man, was expected to be charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, which is a gross misdemeanor.

—Scott Wente

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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