Trash can search key to Pa. principal's beer case
Published: Friday, August 10, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 10, 2012 16:08
MERCER, Pa. (AP) - The underage drinking case against a former Mercer County high school principal may hinge on the location of her trash can, in which police say they found empty cans.
Former Lakeview High School principal Elizabeth Auer faces charges after a 20-year-old former student was charged in a drunken crash involving an Amish buggy on July 11, 2011. Police contend Auer gave beers to that man and another former student doing yard work earlier that day and say empty beer cans in her trash support that.
Auer's attorney is challenging the evidence because the trash cans were next to Auer's home, not at the curb.
A Mercer County judge must now rule whether Auer's trash was illegally searched because she had yet to put it out for collection.