Amish Teens Arrested in DUI Stop After Driving 110 MPH in Minivan: Cops
Indiana State Police say they pulled over a van full of drunken Amish 16- and 17-year-olds on Friday.
A group of Amish teens was pulled over in a mini-van that reached speeds of 110 mph on Friday, and police say they were all under the influence of alcohol.
Indiana State Troopers said the 2001 Dodge Caravan was clocked at the breakneck speed in a 60 mph zone just before midnight.
As the troopers were catching up to the van, alcoholic beverages were tossed out of the windows, according to a police statement.
Once the van stopped, police say they discoverd a 17-year-old boy in the driver's seat with a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.
Cops say numerous alcohol containers, cases of beer, and other booze bottles — including a "jug of whiskey" — were in the vehicle.
All told, there were five 16- and 17-year-olds — three boys and two girls — in the vehicle
Further investigation revealed the driver was purportedly operating the vehicle on a learner's permit, the release said.
All of the teens had allegedly consumed alcohol.
The driver, who was not identified, faces charges of reckless driving, a person under 21 operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level between .02 and .08, minor consumption of alcohol, littering, learner's permit violation, speeding, and unlawful possession of tobacco.
The teen boy passengers face charges of minor consumption of alcohol and unlawful possession of tobacco. Both teen girls face minor consumption of alcohol charges.
In an ironic twist, police initially had trouble making contact with the parents of the driving Amish teens because they had no telephones.
All five were released into the custody of a relative of one the teens.
"Alcohol, high speed, and teenagers is an all-too-often deadly combination," said Trooper Ben Reason. "I am glad we stopped these kids before they injured or killed themselves or someone else."
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