Friday’s incident well could fuel the St. Charles City Council’s doubts about the efforts of tavern and bar owners to help clear up alcohol-related problems in the downtown area.
According to the report, police actually saw Kathryn Dale Doepke, 22, of the 100 block of South 3rd Street, after she left The Beehive Tavern, 204 W. Main St. According to reports, an officer saw her slip and fall down in the snow as she headed toward her vehicle, but she got right up, apparently unhurt. She then headed into a parking lot, got into her vehicle and drove south on 3rd Street. An officer decided to follow Doepke after observing she was driving down the center lane.
Police said Doepke stopped for a stop sign and again for a red light at Main and 3rd, but when the light turned green and she continued south, she veered into a parked car in the 100 block of South 3rd Street.
After her arrest, the woman told police she had been at The Beehive from 11 p.m. to about 1:20 a.m., but that she had only had two or three beers. But she also told police she had had two glasses of wine between 10 and 11 p.m. at a Geneva establishment before she went to The Beehive.
Doepke was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol content greater than .08, and improper lane use. She was released on her own recognizance pending a Feb. 21, 2013 appearance in court.
“Based on the totality of the circumstances involving the DUI arrest/traffic crash involving Beehive customer Kathryn D. Doepke, this report was generated to show that Doepke was either over served alcohol by Beehive staff, or allowed to remain on the premises while intoxicated — either of which is a violation of local ordinances,” the report states. “This report is to be forwarded to the Liquor Commission for their consideration.”
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