An Ash Flat teen is having to answer to charges from Missouri after he was caught trying to buy alcohol at a liquor store in April.
Thayer Police Officer Terry Bounds reported that on April 24 his department received a call from Discount Liquor and Tobacco owner Bob Crase that someone came in his business, located on Business 63 in Thayer, and tried to buy alcohol with a fake I.D. Bounds said Crase gave a description of the vehicle and license plate number.
Bounds said he went south on U.S. 63 and observed a vehicle matching the description Crase had given him at the Beverage Shoppe.
In a probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Bounds said he saw a male come out of the Beverage Shoppe and get into the driver's seat of the vehicle and drive off. Bounds said he activated his emergency lights and stopped the vehicle. He said Officer Michael Bunting pulled behind him to assist. Bounds said he asked the driver of the vehicle, Douglas T. Fortuna, 17, of Ash Flat, for his driver's license. Bounds said he told Fortuna that his office had a report that he was trying to buy alcohol with a fake I.D.
At first, Fortuna denied the charge. Bounds said he then told him he had just observed him leaving the Beverage Shoppe with a brown paper bag. The officer said Fortuna then pulled an I.D. out of his right front pocket and gave it to him. The I.D. belonged to Robert A. Christian and Fortuna said he found it at the river.
Fortuna gave the alcohol which was beer, whiskey and vodka to Bounds.
The officer asked if he had used the fake I.D. to purchase the alcohol and Fortuna said they did not card him.
Fortuna was charged with possession of intoxicating liquor by a minor.