A Charlotte bartender is now facing criminal charges after an impaired patron suffered injuries in a North Carolina DUI crash after leaving the bar.
The crash occurred on February 22 on Crowell Dairy Road in the area of Old Dutch Road and North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers responded.
Troopers suspected that alcohol was a factor in the crash and they contacted Alcohol Law Enforcement. ALE special agents retraced the unnamed female driver’s actions to determine where she became intoxicated.
They subsequently learned that she was served alcohol and became impaired at Beantown Tavern in Matthews just before the accident. Her blood alcohol content was found to be .22 which is almost three times the legal limit.
The bartender has been identified as 32-year-old Chelsea Marie Mullis. She has been charged with selling alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person and she is scheduled to appear in Mecklenburg County District Court in May.
Meanwhile, the ALE special agents also alleged that the bar violated several administrative rules. A violation report was submitted to the ABC Commission on April 13, 2021, alleging that the permittee was intoxicated, employees were performing services after consuming alcohol, and intoxicated patrons were allowed to consume alcohol on the premises.
Violations can result in fines, suspensions or revocation of ABC permits.
ALE Special Agent in Charge of the Harrisburg district, Omar Qureshi, said every alcohol retailer has both the ability and responsibility to refuse to sell alcohol to an individual, who is impaired. He pointed out that this could save a life.
The driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated and the State Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the North Carolina DUI crash.
If you suffered injuries in a crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a North Carolina car accident attorney for assistance.