Iowa Governor's Son Facing Illegal Possession of Alcohol ChargesMIKE GLOVER , Associated Press
Jun. 7, 1993 7:59 PM ET
DES MOINES, IOWA DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Gov. Terry Branstad's eldest son was expected to be charged with illegal possession of alcohol after a crash that damaged a Jeep registered to the governor, an aide said Monday.
Eric Branstad, 17, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was at a juvenile detention center Monday and would be held for 24 hours, the governor's spokesman, Richard Vohs, said. Police told the governor his son would be charged, Vohs said.
''The governor feels this is very serious,'' he said. ''Eric has some serious problems and the family is going to deal with that.''
Eric Branstad was convicted of public intoxication last year after he was picked up at an after-school party. In January he pleaded guilty to using a fake identification card to try to buy beer.
In 1991, he was the driver of a car involved in a crash in which two people were killed. He was ticketed for improper lane usage and fined $15.
In the latest accident, on Sunday, police said 15-year-old Anne Reichardt of Clive was driving the Jeep when it went out of control on a curve and hit a utility pole. She was charged with driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.
Sixteen unopened cans of beer were found at the accident scene, although the Jeep was gone when officers arrived, said West Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Barrows. Witnesses told police the beer came from the Jeep, Barrows said.
Police said Branstad and one or two other people were in the Jeep. The occupants received minor bumps and scrapes, they said.
Barrows said the case would be referred to juvenile court for a determination on possible charges.
The Republican governor is serving his third term. He has two other children.