ALE charges Murfreesboro man

Published 10:23 am Friday, March 9, 2012

RALEIGH – North Carolina ALE (Alcohol Law Enforcement) has filed charges against a Murfreesboro man for supplying alcohol to a 13-year-old girl, who faces a driving while impaired charge in connection with a March 3 wreck that inured three people.

Charles Alexander Vinson, 23, of 1005 East Vance Street, was charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, giving a malt beverage to a person under the age of 21 and aiding and abetting the underage possession of an alcoholic beverage by a minor.  Vinson was placed in the Northampton County jail on a $3,000 secured bond.

The State Highway Patrol contacted North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement following the accident on NC 35 near Woodland.  The minor, on her own, allegedly drove a vehicle, without using headlights, out of a mobile home park onto the highway, crashing head-on into another vehicle about 10:30 p.m.  The girl and the occupants of the other vehicle were taken to a local hospital, treated and released.

According to investigators, a small party began around 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park, 138 Tomahawk Lane, Woodland. The party included the 13-year-old, Vinson, two 14-year-olds and an 18-year-old.  Beer and liquor were allegedly consumed.

Additional charges are expected.

ALE agents have authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense.  Their primary responsibility is the enforcement of the Alcoholic Beverage Control laws, lottery laws and the Controlled Substance Act.