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Bush's daughter cited for alcohol possession

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Jenna W. Bush, one of President Bush's 19-year-old twin daughters, was cited for alcohol possession by a minor Friday morning, the Austin Police Department said.

Plainclothes officers, carrying out a patrol of the downtown area, witnessed Bush, a freshman at the University at Texas at Austin, and an unnamed friend drinking alcohol in the nightclub Cheers, located on Austin's popular Sixth Street, at 1:30 a.m. Friday.

After officers questioned the women and determined they were under the legal drinking age of 21, the women were issued a "field release citation," according to a release from the Austin Police Department.

Bush and the friend were not arrested, the police said. Two other people were cited during the sweep of bars.

The Secret Service, which provides round-the-clock protection for the first family, said it does not comment on its "security methods and means" or on the "personal lives of our protectees."

"The president's children do have Secret Service protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Secret Service spokesman Eric Harnischfeger told CNN.

"We are not going to condone any violations of the law."

The White House, in keeping with its past practice of not discussing matters involving the president's two daughters, declined to comment.

"We respect the privacy of this young girl so we don't comment on her private life," said Claire Buchan, White House spokeswoman.

Alcohol possession by a minor is a misdemeanor offense, and could lead to a fine of up to $200 or community service, Austin police spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz told CNN.

Bush's other daughter, Barbara, is a freshman at Yale University.

Bush and his wife Laura visited Austin Friday to attend the dedication ceremony for a new history museum, named after Bush's friend and political ally, the late Democratic Lt. Governor Bob Bullock.

The Bushes are spending Friday evening at their Crawford ranch before returning to Washington on Saturday to prepare for Bush's 100th day in office Sunday.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Bush's 1976 arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol was made public. He said then that he had not disclosed the arrest because did not want his twin daughters to know of his irresponsible behavior.

The president has said he stopped drinking the morning after his 40th birthday.

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