““This is a tragic example of the dangers associated with underage drinking. ABC agents not only work to investigate who furnished or sold alcohol to underage individuals who are later involved in serious or fatal incidents, they work year-round to enforce ABC laws, and educate clerks and servers, in order to protect our young people and keep our communities safe.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
COLUSA – On March 21, 2023, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced that it has ordered the indefinite suspension of the license of Slough House Social, located at 3249 Butte Slough Road in Colusa, after finding the restaurant served alcoholic beverages to a 17-year-old on May 19, 2022. The intoxicated minor left the restaurant in the passenger seat of a vehicle and exited the vehicle while it was moving, sustaining fatal injuries. Alcohol sales are prohibited until the license is transferred.
ABC opened a Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies (TRACE) investigation immediately after the incident to determine the source of the alcohol that was illegally furnished. ABC agents determined that three Slough House Social servers repeatedly served alcohol to the minor and a family acquaintance, Joseph Edward Page. Page was arrested for DUI.
“Preventing underage drinking and over-intoxication is a public safety priority,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “We want to remind licensees to check IDs and not over-serve patrons to help keep Californians safe.”
ABC filed disciplinary action against Slough House Social’s alcoholic beverage license for furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor and service to the obviously intoxicated minor. Slough House Social settled the action and agreed to an immediate suspension of its alcohol license. The Department has ordered that Slough House Social is no longer allowed to sell alcohol and that the license will be revoked if it is not transferred within 180 days.