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Thursday, February 01, 2007

what a difference a comma makes

Just received this press release from Department of Public Safety:

Drunk Buys Booze Store Served Citations

Albuquerque—An alert citizen called police to report a possibly drunk driver who damaged a sign as he pulled into a pharmacy parking lot Thursday, February 1st. This citizen followed the individual into the Walgreen’s at Montgomery and San Mateo NE in Albuquerque and warned the store that the individual seemed drunk.
Officers from the Albuquerque Police Department responded to the citizen call and arrested Samuel McMaster (2/18/80) for DWI. APD then alerted the Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Division. An SID agent responded and his investigation revealed that the clerk, Suzanne Jaqua, did sell a bottle of vodka and a bottle of bourbon to the drunk driver just before 8:00 a.m. today. The sales clerk, Jaqua, was cited both criminally and administratively and the store was cited administratively for the same charge of selling alcohol to an intoxicated person.
This is not the first time that this store has been cited. The Walgreen’s at 5001 Montgomery Blvd NE in Albuquerque shows a history of citations that include sales to intoxicated patrons and sales to minors. These citations are under review by the Alcohol and Gaming Division of the Regulation and Licensing Department.
Agents of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Special Investigations Division did issue 2 citations to Walgreen’s at Montgomery and San Mateo N.E. after they sold alcohol to an intoxicated person, a violation of the Liquor Control Act. Citizen action and police cooperation may have prevented another alcohol and driving tragedy.

Read the headline and thought there was a store called Drunk Buys Booze Store.