Underage drinking nets 189 Country Thunder arrests

Underage drinking nets 189 Country Thunder arrests

Credit: Getty Images For Country Thunder

FLORENCE, AZ - APRIL 12: Dierks Bentley performs during the 2012 Arizona Country Thunder Music Festival - Day 1, April 12, 2012 in Florence, Arizona. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images For Country Thunder)

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Posted on April 25, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 25 at 5:21 PM

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- State liquor agents say 189 people were arrested for underage drinking-related crimes at this month's Country Thunder music festival in Florence.

The four-day outdoor concert drew the attention of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control officers because underage drinking has been an ongoing problem at the event. Liquor control officers worked with state police to deploy between five and 20 officers at a time.

"Underage drinking has been a problem every year at Country Thunder," said Liquor control Sgt. Wes Kuhl. According to Kuhl, many of the arrested underage drinkers had blood-alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

Those arrested were cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol, using a face ID to buy alcohol or furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The country music festival ran from April 12 through April 15.
 

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