Underage alcohol sales still rampant in Durant

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

DURANT, Okla. -- Durant Police Chief Gary Rudick says he is very disappointed at the number of businesses that continue to sell alcohol to minors because of all the work they have done to try and break the trend.

During their compliance check, officers sent several minors into liquor stores and convenience stores to see if the business would sell alcohol to them.

In their investigation they found these three liquor stores to be violation:
Durant Package Store on North First
S and S Package Store on North 10th
Westside Liquor on 118th NS 21st

In addition, authorities found three convenience stores to be in violation as well:
Kwik Chek, North 1st St.
Lakeway One-Stop
Jerry's Drive-Thru, 1300 N. First

Police say it isn't the first time Jerry's Drive-Thru has been in violation. In another compliance check a couple of weeks ago, they found the store had sold alcohol to minors.

Lt. Johnny Rutherford of the Durant Police Department says, "Some were ‘Well, he looked old enough to me so I didn’t even bother to look’… One was ‘I looked at it and didn’t see a date on it’… You just get different responses."

Jerry's Drive-Thru is up for an alcohol license-renewal hearing in early June.

Durant police say if stores continue to sell alcohol to minors, they could start protesting every beer license application.


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