JUDGE suspends Jenna Bush's driver's license, fines her $600 for underage drinking

Friday, July 6th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A judge on Friday ordered President Bush's daughter Jenna to pay $600 in fines for violating underage drinking laws.

Community Court Judge Elisabeth Earle also suspended Jenna's driver's license for 30 days and ordered her to perform 36 hours of community service.

Jenna Bush, 19, was not present at Friday's court appearance. Her attorney Bill Allison entered a plea for her of no contest to a charge of trying to use someone else's identification to buy alcohol at a restaurant. She had previously pleaded innocent.

For that citation, she was ordered to pay a $100 fine and perform the 36 hours of community service. Because it was her second offense, Earle ordered Jenna to pay an additional $500 in fines.

Her twin sister, Barbara, last month pleaded no contest to underage possession of alcohol stemming from the same visit May 29 to a popular Mexican restaurant.

Just two weeks before that incident, Jenna Bush pleaded no contest to separate underage drinking charges. She was ordered to take alcohol counseling and perform community service.

Earle will submit information on her case to the Department of Public Safety for the license suspension, which will take effect July 18.

Allison said his client was out of town. Community and municipal courts allow an attorney to appear on behalf of the defendant.