Shakopee, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Kyle Ernst, the assistant golf coach for the Hermantown Hawks has been charged with providing alcohol to minors.
According to a criminal complaint provided by the Shakopee Police, Ernst has been charged with providing alcoholic beverages to members of his golf team.
The complaint says that members of the Hermantown Golf Team were upset about losing at the state golf tournament and Ernst wanted them to have a good time. Ernst admitted that he went to a store and purchased beer and wine coolers for them.
According to the criminal complaint, if convicted Ernst faces a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a 3,000 dollar fine.
Around three in the morning, Shakopee police were tipped off by a Cub Foods employee about an 18-year-old that smelled like alcohol. Authorities preformed a breathalyzer on him, and confirmed his intoxication.
The 18-year-old lead police to the Country Inn and Suites where there were more underage members of the Hermantown Golf Team under the influence in a hotel room. Authorities then located their chaperone and coach Ernst.
According to the complaint, a nervous and visibly shaking Ernst admitted to purchasing alcohol for a few members of his team when questioned by police.
Police say they took this investigation very seriously
"I think that our officers acted very responsibly. They did a significant amount of investigation and they notified the parents," said Shakopee Police Captain Craig Robson.
According to the criminal complaint, Ernst was seen on surveillance video purchasing 62 dollars worth of alcohol at a gas station.
Calls and emails to the Superintendent of Hermantown Schools have not been returned. Three minors were cited for underage drinking.