Store Clerk Charged After Underage Driver Involved in Crash

Store Clerk Charged After Underage Driver Involved in Crash

A store clerk has been charged following an North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) investigation into a vehicle crash involving a 20-year-old driver.   

In the early morning hours of April 2, 2023, North Carolina State Highway Patrol (SHP) responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a 20-year-old female driver, who sustained minor injuries, in Wayne County. At the time of the crash, alcohol was believed to be a factor. SHP contacted ALE, who immediately began an investigation. 

Through the course of the ALE investigation, ALE special agents determined the underage driver purchased alcohol from King’s Discount Deli, 1601 East Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC.    

The clerk, Maeen Al Ashwal, 39, of Wayne County, was cited for selling alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21 years old.  

ALE special agents often work closely with SHP members following vehicle collisions resulting in personal injury and or death of persons less than 21 years of age when alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision.   

ALE special agents will submit a report to the ABC Commission documenting the investigative findings. The ABC Commission may choose to sanction King’s Discount Deli through a fine, suspension, or revocation of the business’ ABC permits.