Five Currituck underage women, two KDH restaurants and workers charged after alcohol-related crash


North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents have charged five Currituck 19-year-old women along with two Dare County restaurants and a pair of workers have been charged with multiple offenses after one of the women was involved in an alcohol-related crash.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle crash involving an underage driver with serious injuries Moyock on November 27.

ALE was contacted after the driver, Skylar Menteer, 18, was suspected of being intoxicated prior to the crash, according to a press release. The agency’s primary responsibility is enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control, tobacco, state lottery and gambling laws in North Carolina.

Agents with ALE allege Menteer and four other teens visited two restaurants in Kill Devil Hills where employees served them mixed beverages over the course of a few hours.

Menteer drove from the businesses and was involved in the collision that happened on South Mills Road later that evening.

Juan Carlos Sanchez Torres, from 3 Tequilas Restaurante Mexicano, and Ashley M. Trochez Lanza, from Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant, were both charged with numerous counts of selling alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21 years old.

ALE special agents will submit violation reports to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission for 3 Tequilas Restaurante Mexicano and Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant which could result in fines, suspension or revocation of ABC permits.

“Incidents like this are occurring far too frequently. We have seen a sharp increase in underage individuals being involved in serious vehicle crashes after consuming alcoholic beverages,” said Eric Swain, ALE Special Agent in Charge of the Greenville district. “We take these cases very seriously and any businesses serving underage patrons need to be held accountable.”

In addition to Torres and Lanza, the following individuals were also charged:

  • Skylar Menteer, 18, of Currituck County: Two counts purchase alcoholic beverages by underage, two counts consumption by underage, two counts underage possession of alcoholic beverages
  • Brooke Martin, 19, of Currituck County: Two counts purchase alcoholic beverages by underage, two counts consumption by underage, two counts underage possession of alcoholic beverages
  • Hannah Dozier, 19, of Currituck County: two counts purchase alcoholic beverages by underage, two counts consumption by underage, two counts underage possession of alcoholic beverages
  • Emma Brumsey, 19, of Currituck County: One count purchase alcoholic beverages by underage, one count consumption by underage, one count underage possession of alcoholic beverages
  • Gabrielle Pennington, 19, Currituck County: One count purchase alcoholic beverages by underage, one count consumption by underage, one count underage possession of alcoholic beverages

The crash investigation is ongoing by the Highway Patrol.

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