Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Taxi, Restaurant Delivery Drivers Cited for Selling Alcohol to Minors

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Four drivers from three separate Treasure Valley taxi companies, along with drivers from two pizza delivery restaurants, have been accused of selling and delivering alcohol to minors. Of the six, only two drivers checked the minors' IDs, which were real, showing the two minors' ages as 19, but both drivers still sold the alcohol to the minors. According to Boise Police, the remaining four companies didn't bother to check ID and simply sold the minors the alcohol.

The sting was conducted on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, by Boise Police Department and was the first of its kind in more than two years. Law enforcement regularly checks on underage drinking and sales, but this time, officers tested home delivery services. According to police, several companies, citing their own policies, didn't sell alcohol. Of seven companies who agreed to deliver beer, six were caught selling to minors.

Among those cited were drivers from Green Taxi Company, Meridian City Taxi Company and Boise City Cab, along with drivers for Pie Hole and Flatbread Pizza restaurants. Boise Police said of those drivers who provided beer to minors, three were cited and three reports have been routed to city prosecutors for criminal charges. A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to a minor faces fines of between $500 and $1,00 and up to one year in jail.

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