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4 Fast Facts

  • Police say they clocked a van traveling 110 mph.
  • Police say the occupants threw out alcoholic beverages from the van as they approached it.
  • There was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the van when they pulled it over.
  • All five teens in the van face alcohol charges.

ROCHESTER, Ind. – Five Amish teens clocked traveling 110 miles per hour face alcohol-related charges, according to police.

The teens were pulled over on Friday around 11:54 p.m. after two troopers say they clocked a 2001 Dodge Caravan traveling southbound on U.S. 31 at 110 miles per hour in a posted  60 miles per hour zone.

Police say that as they were catching up with the van, the teens threw alcoholic beverages out of the van’s windows.

When the troopers made contact with the 17 year-old male driver, they smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. Officers say they also observed numerous alcohol containers, multiple cases of beer, and other bottles of alcoholic beverages to include a jug of whiskey.

Further investigation revealed that the 17 year-old driver was purportedly operating the vehicle on a learners permit and had consumed alcohol.

There were two female passengers, ages 16 and 17, and two 16-year-old boys in the van. All of the teens allegedly consumed alcohol.

“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.”

The driver faces charges for reckless driving, a person under 21 operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level between .02 and .08, minor consumption of alcohol, littering, learners permit violation, speeding, and unlawful possession of tobacco. The 16 year-old boys face charges for minor consumption of alcohol and unlawful possession of tobacco. Both teen girls face minor consumption of alcohol charges.

All five were released into the custody of a relative of one the teens. The troopers initially had trouble contacting the teen’s parents, because the parents do not use telephones due to practicing the Amish religion.

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