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‘Patronize This’: City Hits St. Charles Bar With 3 Citations

The House Pub faces a fine, costs and a possible suspension of its liquor license when it appears before the St. Charles Liquor Commission over a profanity-laced incident on March 15.

The city has slapped a St. Charles bar with three liquor code citations in which the bar is accused of allowing an intoxicated man to enter and then served him a drink, leading to a profanity-laced confrontation between one of the owners and police.

Ave., faces fines and the possible suspension or revocation of its liquor license over the March 15 incident, according to the citation and notice of hearing the city issued this week.

Accompanying the citation is a five-page police report, which includes four pages of officers’ narratives about the incident.

Originally reported by police as an incident involving two potential citations — one for allowing an intoxicated person to enter the establishment, and a second for serving the intoxicated individual an alcoholic beverage — the city added a third citation charging the establishment with interfering or obstructing with an officer.

The House Pub has been ordered to appear before the St. Charles Liquor Commission at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, in regard to the citations.

Early on March 15, two St. Charles police officers saw an intoxicated man stumbling around downtown and followed him into The House Pub, where they learned the man had been served a Jameson and Coke.

The city’s liquor code prohibits bars from “harboring” intoxicated individuals or allowing them to enter their establishments, as well as barring the establishments from serving alcoholic beverages to someone who is drunk. City officials commonly refer to the latter practice as over-serving alcohol.

Inside the bar, police said one of the owners, Thomas P. Wojcik, began arguing with the officers when they informed him they would be reporting the incident to the liquor commission. Police said Wojick became progressively more profane, at one point making a crotch-grabbing gesture and telling a sergeant to “Patronize this.”

Related:

  • March 19, 2013: St. Charles Bar Faces Citation for Serving Intoxicated Individual

 

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Msettel March 29, 2013 at 07:58 PM
On the contrary Mr. Harter, I was simply trying to reflect on the notion that resisents are hiding behind the "Family Circle" facade that has been xreates ans the increaae in liquor licenes and the now later cutoff time has other negative effects on our town as a whole. There is a big picture here ans House Pub is certainly not an isolated insident. ...as I'm sure most readers are well aware.
Msettel March 29, 2013 at 08:06 PM
My apology for the many misspelled words...new phone, new tiny buttons.
Alan Harter March 29, 2013 at 08:28 PM
I was a resident born at old Delenor, went through the school system and lived there till I was 27...As good as St. Charles could be...many residents felt they were a bit too good...bad attitudes as far as entitlement, and the bars...for some reason a high level of alcohlism lol
Mitch Riverman April 02, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Please report the man blood alcohol content. I am sure it is in the police report along with his arrest for public intoxication.
Ted Schnell April 02, 2013 at 05:55 AM
It was not in the report, Mitch. To my knowledge, the police rarely administer a Breathalyzer or blood test to measure blood-alcohol content outside of DUI incidents. Officers are trained, however, to evaluate individuals' general level of intoxication based on such things as balance/coordination, among other factors -- surely you've seen officers have individuals do roadsie sobriety tests before.

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