ABC Arrests Bartender in Tracy for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
A Tracy area teenager suffers head injuries after leaving the bar and crashing his truck on May 29
Tracy – Agents of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have arrested a bartender following a Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies (TRACE) case that started back on May 29, 2020.
44-year-old Hollie Simms of Tracy, California has been arrested on misdemeanor charges of furnishing alcohol to minors causing great bodily injury or death, a violation of Section 25658(c) of the California Business and Professions Code. She is accused of illegally serving alcohol to minors at the Banta Inn, an ABC licensed type 47 restaurant/bar located at 22563 7th Street in Tracy. 18-year-old Daxtin Dibble and 20-year-old Brandin Farmer, both of Tracy, were served multiple alcoholic beverages at the Banta Inn on the night of May 29. After consuming alcohol at the premises, Dibble crashed his truck on El Rancho Road near Canal Boulevard in Tracy and suffered serious head injuries.
ABC opened a TRACE investigation immediately after the crash to find out the source of the alcohol that was consumed by the underage driver. The cause of the single vehicle DUI crash that injured Dibble was investigated by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The ABC agents who worked on the TRACE investigation conducted a series of interviews, examined evidence, and were able to determine that Dibble and Farmer were served alcohol at the Banta Inn. As a result, the department will be pursuing disciplinary action against the Banta Inn’s license. Penalties could result in a fine or suspension of the license.
The TRACE program is made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The grant provides funding for in-depth ABC investigations of serious incidents, including car crashes, but also alcohol overdoses, poisonings, and assaults involving minors and alcohol consumption. Visit ABC’s TRACE page to learn more.
ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws.
ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.