On May 28th, 2014

Tracing The Source Who Provided Alcohol To Underage Drinker Involved in Fatal Crash?

CABCAWhen a young person under 21-years-old is intoxicated and involved in an incident in which someone is seriously hurt or killed, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents often launch a TRACE investigation.  TRACE stands for Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies. Such was the case when Annelise French McKay of Brentwood, then 20, drove the wrong way on Highway 24 in Lafayette May 3, 2013, and plowed into a vehicle, killing a 51-year-old Pittsburg man.

As a result of that investigation, ABC agents with the Bay Area Field Enforcement Office,  determined Eric Clayton Dresser of Danville, 21 at the time of the incident, was  the person who furnished alcohol to McKay prior to the fatal crash.

Earlier this month, an arrest warrant was issued for Dresser.  He is scheduled to be arraigned June 13, 2014 and faces up to one year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.

McKay's blood alcohol level was determined to be more than twice the legal limit.  McKay is currently serving prison time for her role in the Pittsburg man's death.

"ABC agents work days, nights, weekends and holidays to stop the illegal use and abuse of alcoholic beverages," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association which represents ABC agents along with nearly 7,000 other law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals who work for the State of California.  "Their reactive work, such as TRACE cases, provides closure to families and sends a clear message that alcoholic beverages have no place in the hands of minors.  Their proactive work does the same and, there is no doubt in my mind, saves lives."

Proactive work includes using under-age decoys, under direct supervision, in shoulder-tap operations and sending under-age decoys into stores to  attempt to buy alcoholic beverages.

On May 23, 2014, ABC agents teamed up with Fontana police officers and an under-age decoy in a shoulder-tap operation that resulted in six people arrested for furnishing alcoholic beverages to the decoy.  Those six suspects were arrested, cited and released.  Each faces a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

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