CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - There have been alcohol-related problems in the past, according to a state investigator, on party buses from the same Charlotte company that owned the bus a UNC-Charlotte student fell out of and died earlier this week.
A report from CMPD into the investigation of the death of 20-year old Polly Rogers states, “Alcohol use is an unknown factor at this time for the victim, however alcohol was being consumed on the bus by multiple occupants.”
The UNCC student was on a party bus that left an off-campus location traveling to Uptown Charlotte Tuesday night when investigators say the emergency window opened and Rogers fell out and may have been hit by two vehicles.
On Friday, investigators announced they’re trying to identify a second vehicle that may have hit Rogers.
FOX 46 Charlotte tried to get in touch with Victor Rabb, owner of Charlotte Party Charters. We found out that according to North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, NC ALE, there have been alcohol-related problems on Rabb’s company’s buses in the past.
We haven’t had Victor’s company cited for alcohol violations that we know of. We’ve had their patrons involved with alcohol violations, whether they’re underage or the type of alcohol they’ve had or where they’ve gotten off the bus with or gotten on the bus with it,” said Omar Qureshi, Special Agent in Charge, with NC ALE.
Qureshi said that ALE had spoken with Rabb and other party bus owners in the past about what they could do to combat underage drinking and other alcohol-related problems.
“If they’re underage and you suspect they’re drinking something, they have the power to search somebody’s bag if they’re coming on the bus or not allow containers to be on the bus,” Qureshi said.