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1:43 PM Thu, Nov. 15th

Officers arrest man, cite 4 teens on charges of underage alcohol consumption

Matthew David Bishop

Matthew David Bishop

Prescott police arrested a man and four teens on charges of underage alcohol consumption at 12:41 a.m. Saturday after an officer smelled alcohol coming from their pickup truck parked in the lot of Buckey O'Neil's Guns in the 100 block of Grove Avenue.

Officers booked Matthew David Bishop, 18, a homeless man, into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of underage consumption of alcohol, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, shoplifting, resisting arrest and criminal damage.

"An officer on routine patrol saw the truck parked in a location known to be closed at that time of night. When he walked up to the pickup truck, he smelled alcohol coming from the truck and thought the juveniles inside had been drinking," said Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

The officer administered portable breath tests and all the teens except the girl in the driver's seat tested positive for alcohol consumption, Reinhardt said.

One of the people in the truck who tested positive for alcohol was an 11-year-old boy who told the officer that Bishop had given him a few sips of Mountain Dew and vodka, Reinhardt said.

A 16-year-old boy also told officers Bishop had provided them with alcohol.

The 11-year-old boy told officers that they had driven to the Walmart on Gail Gardner way, where Bishop had allegedly stolen alcohol for them.

Another officer handcuffed Bishop, while the officer searched the truck and found a bottle of vodka under the front passenger seat. All the other teens told the officer that Bishop had stolen the vodka for them.

Bishop told officers he did not provide alcohol to the other teens or steal the vodka.

Officers arrested Bishop and cited the other teens and released them to their parents.

One officer took Bishop to the Prescott police station, while the other requested video of Bishop from Walmart.

Back at the police station, Bishop became disorderly and aggressive toward the officer during the booking process and later struggled with the officer, breaking his watch, Reinhardt said.

Bishop later told the officer that he took the alcohol, but he didn't give alcohol to a kid, according to the police report.

The officer took Bishop to the county jail without further incident, Reinhardt said.