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President's daughters cited for alcohol violations

Jenna, left, cited for using false identification in an attempt to buy alcohol, Barbara was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor
Jenna, left, was cited for using false identification in an attempt to buy alcohol, Barbara was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor  


AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Austin police cited both of President Bush's 19-year-old twin daughters for alcohol violations Thursday.

Barbara Bush, a student at Yale University, was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor; Jenna Bush, who just completed her freshman year at the University of Texas, was cited for using somebody else's identification to try to buy drinks. The legal drinking age in Texas is 21.

Jenna Bush's citation comes two weeks after she pleaded no contest to alcohol possession by a minor and was ordered to take an alcohol awareness class and complete eight hours of community service.

A third person, Jesse Day-Wickham, 20, also was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor.

The citations -- both misdemeanors -- came after Austin police responded to a 911 call Tuesday night from the manager of Chuy's Mexican restaurant "reporting minors attempting to purchase alcohol."

The girls and their companions could face a maximum fine of $500, a driver's license suspension, community service and attendance at an alcohol awareness class. Jail time is not an option in such cases.

Hours prior to the police announcement on the citations, White House Press Secretary Ari Flesicher criticized reporters for asking about the matter, saying it was a family issue and the president would have no comment.

"This is and shall remain a private family matter," he said.

Jenna's earlier citation stemmed from an early morning incident on April 27, when plainclothes officers witnessed her and an unnamed friend drinking alcohol in a nightclub on Austin's popular Sixth Street. Both were given a citation for possession of alcohol for someone under the legal drinking age of 21.

Austin Community Court Judge Elisabeth Earle ordered Jenna to pay $51.25 in court costs, attend a six-hour alcohol awareness class and complete eight hours of community service.

Before the latest offense, Jenna had been given a deadline of July 18 to comply in order to get the citation removed from her permanent record.







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