Bush Daughters in New Underage Drinking Probe

Published May 31st, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

President Bush's twin teen-age daughters are under investigation for allegedly trying to buy alcohol illegally, Austin police said on Wednesday, in the second such brush with the law for one of them in just a few weeks.  

In the latest incident, police are investigating allegations that Jenna and Barbara Bush, both 19, tried to buy alcohol at a Mexican restaurant in Austin on Tuesday. Texas law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from buying or drinking alcohol.  

The allegations were made by the restaurant manager who called police to the premises, police said in a brief statement.  

"As no offense was witnessed by (police) officers, following routine procedures, further investigation is required to determine if any charges will be filed," the statement said.  

Earlier on Wednesday a police spokeswoman said Jenna Bush had tried to buy alcohol at the restaurant by using a valid identification card that belonged to someone else. The spokeswoman made no mention of Jenna's twin, Barbara.  

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer declined to comment on the incident, saying it was a "private family matter."  

"I just don't talk about anything dealing with family, a private family matter," said Fleischer, who was in Sequoia National Park with the president at the end of a California visit.  

It was Jenna Bush's second brush with the law in an alcohol-related incident in the space of a few weeks.  

Jenna Bush, a freshman at the University of Texas in Austin, pleaded no contest on May 16 to the misdemeanor charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol.  

On April 26, undercover police officers ticketed Jenna Bush after they found her drinking beer in a bar in Austin's popular Sixth Street entertainment district during a check for underage drinkers.  

Municipal Court Judge Elisabeth Earle ordered her to perform eight hours of community service, take a six-hour alcohol awareness course and pay $51.25 in court fees.  

Barbara Bush attends Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut -- AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters)  




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