Traffic Stop by Florida Police Leads to Arrest of 3 Louisiana High School Students, Parents May Be Charged
Florida authorities arrested three Louisiana High School students for underage possession of alcohol with additional charges that could possibly be forthcoming.
This past week was the celebration of spring break for many high school and college students but a group of Louisiana teens didn't have the most memorable vacation experience after they were arrested and charged by Florida deputies during a traffic stop.
According to a Facebook post by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department, the traffic stop on Interstate 10 was for speeding, and once Deputy Scott Spence conducted the stop it was realized that the Louisiana High School students had a large amount of alcohol in their possession. The report also stated that "suspected cannabis gummies were seized from one of the juveniles with charges possibly forthcoming."
Okaloosa authorities also determined that the driver of the speeding vehicle was only 15 years old and did not have a driver's license, tacking on more charges as deputies say they "anticipate holding at least one set of parents accountable" for the actions of these high school students.
While details are unclear when it comes to the final destination for the Louisiana teens or whether they were coming or going, Okaloosa County is located in the northwestern portion of Florida, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line. Given the timing of spring break, it is likely that the students may have been vacationing somewhere in the Destin-Ft. Walton Beach area.
While reactions were mixed on social media, many agreed that this setback could ultimately steer these young adults in the right direction at an early stage in life.
In addition to the reactions, many people thanked officials for doing a great job and keeping everyone safe, including the Louisiana high school students.