Underage drinking arrests in Ardmore

By: Todd Larkin Email
By: Todd Larkin Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- It may be one of the largest underage drinking busts in recent memory, and it happened at a local bar on Ardmore’s Main Street.

Officers arrested 7 people, including the bar owner, at the Main Street Lounge on Tuesday night. Authorities say they knew that at least two of the customers were teens.

But that wasn’t the only reason bar owner Jose Gonzalez went to jail. Gonzalez is accused of having two 20-year-old bartenders serving drinks to Christopher Martin and Christopher Woolery, who are both 18 years old.

Investigators say they received an anonymous tip that minors were drinking alcoholic beverages.

Five suspects were taken into custody, and two others were arrested for unrelated charges.

Police say they see this a lot at parties, but at local establishments it is very unusual.

If convicted all three bar employees could face up to 30 days in jail and a $100 fine.

The two teens could lose their driver’s licenses and receive up to 36 hours of community service.

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  • by Neil Bloyd Location: Healton on Oct 18, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    The Stupid Law should be changed. If a person is old enough to go to war and die for thier country they should be old enough to drink. The 18 to 20 year old need to bann together and have the law changed. All the would have to is get the goverment to realized that they would be able make twice as much tax money on alcohol sales. And it would be a done deal. And then again maybe they should have just bought more policeman's ball tickets.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 at 11:10 AM
    I think that if you are serving our country, then you should be mature enough to drink. And that should be your privelge/choice. Otherwise, I agree with the law being 21. How many college kids, even those who are 21, have drinking binges?
  • by Mike Location: tx on Oct 18, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    Is it an oklahoma law that you have to be 21 to serve a drink?Texas its 18 to serve drinks,and 21 to drink them.Either way they broke the law.
  • by ?????? Location: MArshall County on Oct 18, 2007 at 09:20 AM
    You DO NOT have to be 18 to Join the Army! there have been 16 and 17 year olds join! That is a little off subject though... these kids still broke the law, so I guess thats what they deserve, but I agree with Kelly in away.
  • by ????? Location: Marshall County on Oct 18, 2007 at 09:13 AM
    I actaully Agree with Kelly!! We are allowed to go overseas and fight for this country but we dont have the right to Drink! I do have kids of my own and I dont want them drinking, but if this is the case then there should be an age limit on joining the armed forces as well!!
  • by me Location: Sherman on Oct 18, 2007 at 08:49 AM
    Kelly, you must be an alcoholic, that is the only excuse I can come up with that would make you think that this sort of behavior is acceptable! Oh, and just FYI, you have to be 18 to join the military and 21 to drink, thats the law!
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    Kelly must be a child herself, to say something so stupid.
  • by Valerie Location: Ardmore on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    Kelly obviously doesn't have any kids of his/her own!! And the fact remains, you have to be 21 to be served a drink or to serve a drink! I think that the sentence should be ALOT stiffer for the bar owner.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:17 AM
    Kelly that has to be to dumbest thing I have ever heard. You must not have kids.
  • by chuck Location: sherman on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:00 AM
    They aren't old enough. Our government knows that they are at an age that they can be fooled into doing this.
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