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Alex Cabrero Reporting Planning on making a beer run to Wyoming? Well, police are planning to catch you. This is the time of year for high school graduation parties, and state troopers are hoping to keep illegal alcohol from getting into the state.
It'll make you slow down--a patrol car, seemingly out of nowhere. UHP troopers always look for speeders, but for the next few days they're also looking for something else.
Sgt. Greg Willmore, Utah Highway Patrol: “We’re paying special attention to any indication that there’s any illegal alcohol coming across the border.”
Utah and out-of-state beer mix like Utes and BYU fans. You could go to jail for bringing it in. Out-of-staters, like Georgia resident JT Cantrell, think it's the craziest thing he's ever heard of. But as a dad, he likes the idea for underage teens.
JT Cantrell: “It’s probably a good thing to keep drunks off the roads.”
Renee Barrett, Georgia: “There’s a time and a place for everything, and it aint on the roads to be drinking.”
Or in your homes for out-of-state beer. So the guys in uniform are looking for those keg runs to Wyoming.
Sgt. Greg Willmore: “High school is always, graduation, sometimes is associated with parties and things like that.”
And they know what to look for.
Sgt. Greg Willmore: “A keg is quite a large item, something that weighs that much in any vehicle, unless it’s a bigger truck, it’s gonna weigh it down.”
And don't try to hide it in the backseat. Troopers know that trick too.
Sgt. Greg Willmore: "Sometimes, there's not enough room in the trunk, so it'll just be in the back seat covered with blankets."
That trick might cover you with a big ticket. UHP troopers say they caught one big beer run to Evanston this evening. They confiscated the alcohol, and ticketed the driver.