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Clerk charged with selling beer to Franklin teens before fatal crash

Posted October 19, 2015

— A Franklin County convenience store clerk has been charged with selling beer to two teens who were later involved in a fatal crash.

Nagib Salem Ala, 59, was charged Thursday by the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement with two counts of selling beer to persons less than 21 years of age.

Ala was working at the Ingleside Grocery, at 3573 N.C. Highway 39 North in Louisburg, on Oct. 9 when, ALE agents said, Perry Jackson Frazier, 18, and Dustin Garriss, 18, purchased beer there. Video surveillance from the store confirmed Ala sold them the beer without checking any identification.

Frazier, a 2015 Franklinton High School graduate, was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Hodges Road near Franklinton in the early hours of Oct. 10, and Garriss was severely injured. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated the wreck and notified ALE after determining alcohol was involved.

The ALE investigation is continuing, and authorities said additional charges are possible.

Ala is scheduled to appear in court in January on the charges.


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