ALE Charges Summerfield Man with Providing Alcohol to Teens Who Crashed
GREENSBORO – Special agents with North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch have charged Martin Southard III of Summerfield with three counts of aiding and abetting underage individuals in the purchase of alcohol. Southard’s court date is Sept. 10 in Guilford County.
Troopers with the State Highway Patrol asked for ALE’s help when they suspected alcohol was a factor at an accident scene July 24 involving two teens.
Dylan McKoin, 17, of Colfax, was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota truck and Austin McClinton, 16, of Stokesdale, was a passenger when the truck ran off the road and struck multiple trees. McKoin and McClinton were both transported from the scene that night to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Emergency Room and later transferred to the Trauma ICU for further care.
During the course of the investigation, special agents were led to Southard’s home at 3106 Oak Ridge Road in Summerfield. Agents learned the home was frequently used as a location for underage drinking, and McKoin and McClinton had consumed alcoholic beverages there on the night of the collision. Special agents were able to determine Southard, the homeowner, had purchased the alcoholic beverages for McKoin, McClinton, and another teen who was not involved in the collision.
“When adults give teens alcoholic beverages, it creates a multitude of harmful effects,” said ALE Branch Head Terrance Merriweather. “This is a very sad illustration of why it is a criminal act, even for family members and friends, to provide alcohol to underage persons.”
The State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate. Additional charges are expected.
ALE’s 109 specially trained agents have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense. Their primary responsibility is the enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws and state lottery laws. ALE is a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation.