Jan 15, 2021

ABC Suspends the License of Catch a Wave by Blue Nami Restaurant in Folsom for 45 Days

The suspension resulted from an investigation that led to arrests after a fatal crash and DUI

Folsom – On January 15, 2021, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) posted a 45-day Notice of Suspension at Catch a Wave by Blue Nami restaurant, located at 330 Palladio Parkway #2045 in Folsom. The suspension means alcohol sales at the location are prohibited immediately. The suspension remains in effect until February 28, 2021. In addition to the 45-day suspension, the license also has a penalty of revocation stayed for the next three years. When ABC penalizes a license with revocation stayed for three years, it means the license is on probation, and if a similar violation were to occur within the next three years, then ABC has the authority to revoke the license.

In February 2020, ABC Agents arrested two Catch a Wave by Blue Nami employees for allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor employee who later died. Shortly after the minor was illegally furnished alcohol at the restaurant, she was involved in a fatal single-car crash on East Bidwell Street and Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom during the early morning hours of September 20, 2019.

ABC opened a Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies (TRACE) investigation immediately after the crash to find out the source of the alcohol consumed by the underage driver. The Folsom Police Department, an ABC Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) grantee, investigated the cause of the vehicle crash.

ABC Agents who conducted the TRACE investigation interviewed witnesses, examined evidence, and determined that on the evening of September 19, 2019, Catch a Wave by Blue Nami employees furnished alcohol to the minor employee at the Folsom Restaurant.

On that same evening, a 21-year-old patron left the restaurant and was later arrested by the California Highway Patrol for driving under the influence. After further investigation, ABC Agents charged one of the two employees with furnishing alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person.

The TRACE program is made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant provides funding for in-depth ABC investigations of serious incidents involving minors and alcohol consumption, 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 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

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Sacramento, CA 95834

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

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