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Police tape keep civilians at bay. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Police tape keep civilians at bay. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a Whiteville couple has been arrested after they served alcohol to an underage driver who was later involved in a fatal crash.

Investigators said 47-year-old Lisa Caffee is charged with giving alcoholic beverages to a person younger than 21, while 51-year-old Ronnie Caffee is charged with aiding and abetting in the underage possession and consumption of alcohol.

Authorities say the couple gave the alcohol to 19-year-old Nicholas Wilkinson at a party at their house. After the teen left, he crashed his car near Chadbourn, killing his 21-year-old passenger.

The Highway Patrol charged Wilkinson with felony death by motor vehicle and DWI. Troopers say he was driving 98 mph when he wrecked.

A phone listing for the couple was disconnected. It wasn’t known if they had an attorney.

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