Hickory gas station clerk arrested for selling alcohol to minor before teen crashes

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A store clerk in Catawba County has been charged after a investigation found she sold a teen alcohol who then got into a crash, according to the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency.

An ALE investigation began after a law enforcement officials suspected a 16-year-old who crashed his truck of being impaired, the agency said.

The teen was driving his mother’s truck with two passengers when the truck left the road and struck a tree on July 13, ALE said.

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ALE agents investigated to determine where the teens bought the alcohol and learned the teen was sold several Four Loko malt beverages from the Quality Mart 5 in Hickory, N.C.

Tricia Orr, 34, of Hickory, was arrested for selling the teens alcohol without checking any identification.

Orr has been charged with selling alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21-years of age.

The store itself may face further punishment, ALE said. Agents will submit a violation report to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on the store. Quality Mart 5 could face fines, suspension, or even revocation of ABC permits, according to investigators.

The crash is still being investigated by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

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