Beehive Cited in Connection to St. Charles DUI Crash

St. Charles Liquor Commission to consider case during Match 4 hearing.

The city has cited Killough LLC, doing business as , for its role in the events that ended with one of its patrons being charged with driving under the influence after a crash in the downtown area.

The St. Charles Liquor Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. March 4 to consider the citations issued against the tavern.

The hearing notice states that the hearing will be held “to determine whether the St. Charles Local Liquor Control Commissioner, pursuant to his authority, shall revoke or suspend the local liquor license issued to you or impose a fine upon you, or both, by reason of the Complaint Of Violation filed by the Chief of Police, James Lamkin, a copy of which is attached.”

In an email, Mayor Donald DeWitte said the notice and summons were delivered Thursday morning to The Beehive.

Specifically, the documents state that from about 11 p.m. on Jan. 31 through 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 1, The Beehive permitted an intoxicated person to loiter there and that the establishment served or delivered alcoholic beverage to an intoxicated person, both in violation of the city’s liquor ordinances as they pertain to the establishment’s Class B3 liquor license.

Those two accusations relate to the incident involving a patron who left The Beehive early on Feb. 1 and shortly afterward drove her vehicle into the back of a parked car on the 100 block of South 3rd Street. Kathryn Dale Doepke, 22, of the 100 block of South 3rd Street, subsequently was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol content greater than .08, and improper lane use.


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But the citation against The Beehive also points to a second incident, at 12:20 a.m. Feb. 2 in which the tavern is accused of selling alcoholic liquor from the licensed premises, in violation of the limitations of its Class B3 liquor license, as set forth in Chapter 5.08, Sections 5.08.090 and 5.08.040 of the City of St. Charles Municipal Code.

Police said Friday that the second complaint is related to an incident at 12:20 a.m. Feb. 2 in which an officer on foot patrol met a man in the 00-99 block of North 3rd Street with a 24-ounce bottle of Miller beer. The individual was issued a warning for possessing alcohol in a public place. He told police he had walked out the front door of The Beehive and that no one said anything. The city’s iquor ordinance allows consumption of alcohol on the premises only.

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Ricky5 February 18, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Well done Ted. I agree with you about lazy Lois and her fake name. How about the bottom line being this girl drank too much and made a personal decision to drive....period. Ted, keep up the great work!
Francis Glass February 19, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Princess? Lazy Lois? Wow, what's with that? How silly. I don't hear anyone in any of the comments I've read moaning about the drunk lady. My comment (and many others that I have read here) relate to the fact that the Beehive was cited and "being held accountable". And, perhaps they should be -- I don't know if she drank in their bar (or was just in their bar after being somewhere else) or if they purposely over served her to make a buck or not. All I know from what I've read is that she left the bar and was observed by an officer from the time she left, fell down, got up, then walked to her car, then drove somewhat erratically, and then hit a parked car. At that time, the officer approached her. If the officer did not see reasonable cause or evidence that she was drunk until she hit the car and approached her, why is a bar supposed to know so much more about her state? Apparently, she didn't seem that bad off. I am all for personable responsibility -- hold this woman accountable. "She was drunk by her own accord" -- Agreed!, "this girl drank too much and made a personal decision to drive". Agreed! (If Lois were to simply use the name Lois or Lois5 would you feel better?)
Ted Schnell February 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Francis, you raise a point I raised in a blog post on this, and I think, in some of the comment threads. Some folks "hold their liquor" better than others, and I wonder how reasonable it is to expect a bartender to be able to see whether they've had too much to drink. I know there is training involved here, but I also know there are a fair number of hoops police must go through on a DUI arrest -- field sobriety tests, as I read about them, are a pretty complicated affair to a laymen like me.
Francis Glass February 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I agree, Ted -- it is not always easy to tell if someone has had too much to drink (even for someone who is trained to see the signs) as some people do hold it very well. Some people can also seem fine and then have one more drink and they are out of it. It can be a fine line for any establishment.
Ted Schnell February 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM
This highlights one of the issues the bars and taverns face. I'll be meeting with Steve Baginski next week to hear what he's got to say, and perhaps some other tavern owners as well. As I've said before, this is a thorny issue. One commenter suggested breathalyzer machines in the bars and taverns, which sounds like a cool idea on its face, but its expensive -- and prone to unexpected consequences. When I was in college, there were a couple of bars that tried that and yanked them out after about six months because patrons were using them to see who could "score" the highest on blood-alcohol content, which was very counterproductive.


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