Feb 20, 2020

ABC TRACE case leads to two arrests in Folsom after a fatal crash and a DUI

ABC will be seeking disciplinary action against a restaurant for furnishing alcohol to a minor resulting in death and furnishing alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person

Folsom – On February 19, 2020, Agents from The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) arrested 47-year-old Tomas Green of Folsom and 28-year-old Jae Jo of Sacramento and accused both of furnishing alcohol to a minor resulting in death. Green was also arrested for furnishing alcohol to another person who was exhibiting signs of obvious intoxication. Green and Jo are accused of furnishing alcohol to Yasmina Azamatova (20 years old) of Antelope between Thursday, September 19, 2019, and Friday, September 20, 2019, at Catch a Wave by Blue Nami restaurant, an ABC licensed premises, located at 330 Palladio Parkway #2045, in Folsom.

Shortly after Azamatova was illegally furnished alcohol at Catch a Wave by Blue Nami, she was involved in a fatal single-car crash on East Bidwell Street and Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom. Azamatova was the only occupant in the vehicle and died at the scene.   

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 investigated the cause of the vehicle crash.

ABC Agents who worked on the TRACE investigation conducted a series of interviews, examined evidence, and were able to determine that Green and Jo furnished alcohol to Azamatova at the Catch a Wave by Blue Nami restaurant in Folsom. ABC Agents also discovered that during the same time frame, Green also furnished alcohol to a 21-year-old woman who was showing signs of obvious intoxication at the time of service. Minutes after leaving Catch a Wave by Blue Nami, the 21-year-old woman was arrested by the California Highway Patrol for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the area of Highway 50 and Bradshaw Road.       

“The help ABC received from the California Highway Patrol and Folsom Police Department was crucial in the process of pulling together all the facts and evidence in this TRACE investigation,” said ABC Supervising Agent in Charge Brandon Shotwell.

ABC will be seeking disciplinary action against Catch a Wave by Blue Nami’s alcoholic beverage license for furnishing alcohol to a minor, a violation of Section 25658(c) of the California Business and Professions Code and for furnishing alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person, a violation of Section 25602(a) of the California Business and Professions Code. The business faces a fine or suspension. A penalty has not yet been determined.

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, including car crashes, but also alcohol overdoses, poisonings, and assaults involving minors and alcohol consumption. 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.

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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