COLUMBIA — Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley was issued a citation Tuesday for selling alcohol to a minor, said Stephanie Drouin, Columbia police public information officer.
Dudley manages a Hy-Vee convenience store at 3120 W. Broadway. He was issued the citation at 1:20 p.m. after police conducted a compliance check at the store, Drouin said. During the compliance check, a minor, accompanied by a plainclothes police officer, was authorized to purchase alcohol using his or her actual ID.
Drouin said Dudley was issued the citation because the councilman directly sold alcohol to the minor involved.
A city ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol to those who are under the age of 21, habitual drunkards or any person who is under the influence. According to the city charter, a council member’s seat “shall immediately become vacant” if he or she is convicted of a crime.
Drouin said the Columbia Police Department conducts between 12 and 15 compliance checks a year in accordance with a grant and criteria provided by Missouri's Department of Public Safety. During the checks, Drouin said, minors who are between the ages of 18 and 19 and “look their age” are authorized to use their own IDs to attempt to purchase alcohol.
Dudley, who was elected to the Columbia City Council in 2010, could not be reached for comment.
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