Feb 24, 2022

ABC Arrests Two Bartenders Accused of Serving Alcohol to a Minor who was Later Involved in a Suspected DUI Crash Causing Injuries

ABC has filed an accusation against the Larkfield bar where they work

Santa Rosa – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has arrested two bartenders who are accused of selling alcohol to a minor at the Final Edition bar located in an unincorporated area of Sonoma County at 412 Larkfield Center near Santa Rosa. The minor was later arrested for his involvement in an alcohol-related crash that resulted in major injuries to a man on horseback.

The arrests of the two bartenders, and an ABC accusation that has been filed against the bar, are connected to a Dec. 12, 2021, alcohol-related crash on Old Redwood Highway. Santa Rosa police officers responded to the crash after receiving a report of a hit-and-run crash that resulted in major injuries to a man who was riding a horse. The victim was participating in an annual march honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Through their investigation, the SRPD identified the driver of the vehicle as 20-year-old Troy Hale of Santa Rosa. After learning Hale had possibly been drinking alcohol at the Final Edition bar in Larkfield, SRPD contacted ABC and a Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies (TRACE) investigation was opened to determine the source of the alcohol.

During the ABC investigation, agents discovered Hale had been drinking inside the Final Edition bar for several hours before the crash occurred. Hale allegedly caused the crash shortly after he drove away from the bar. He was later arrested for felony DUI and other charges stemming from the SRPD investigation. ABC agents identified 41-year-old Jason James Correia of Santa Rosa and 38-year-old Mandy McClish of Santa Rosa as the bartenders allegedly responsible for serving Hale at Final Edition the night of the crash.

“Preventing youth access to alcohol and protecting communities from the dangers associated with these violations is a high priority,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “ABC licensees must remain vigilant, and carefully check identifications to prevent minors from gaining access to alcohol at their establishments.”

Santa Rosa Police Sergeant Christopher Mahurin added, “SRPD is committed to educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving, but also holding intoxicated drivers accountable for their decisions. SRPD works diligently to investigate all crimes and partners with other law enforcement agencies to get justice for victims. The SRPD Traffic Bureau regularly works with ABC agents to address overserving patrons at local bars and restaurants. This investigation is an example of how collaborating with other agencies will help keep our community safe.”

ABC filed an accusation against the alcoholic beverage license of the Final Edition bar that could result in penalties. The accusation includes allegations the bar sold alcohol to a minor who later caused great bodily injury to another person and permitting a minor to enter and remain on the premises. The accusation could result in a suspension of the liquor license for Final Edition.

ABC’s TRACE program is made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant provides funding for in-depth ABC investigations of serious incidents involving alcohol and minors, including car crashes. Visit our website to learn more about TRACE.

The mission of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is to provide the highest level of service and public safety to the people of the State through licensing, education, and enforcement.

ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

Contact

Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

Public Information Office
John Carr
Phone: (916) 419-2525
Email: John.Carr@abc.ca.gov

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