Issaquah police crack down on liquor sales to minors

January 17, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah police and the Washington State Liquor Control Board joined forces late last month to crack down on businesses serving alcohol to minors.

Officers cited six people for furnishing liquor to minors during the Dec. 21 operation. The crackdown encompassed businesses throughout Issaquah.

Such enforcement is part of the routine compliance checks conducted by the liquor board and law enforcement agencies.

“Enforcement of all of the liquor laws — not just these — are important,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said. “They’re there for the purpose of making sure that a person can go into a bar and have a drink if they want, but that they’re not driving after being overserved or that they’re not underage and having alcohol. It’s just important that we enforce all of those laws.”

In the December operation, Ayers said a minor presented identification to employees showing the buyer to be younger than 21.

In the operation, police cited and released the following suspects for furnishing liquor to a minor:

  • A 25-year-old Ellensburg woman at Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 5:56 p.m.
  • A 27-year-old Bellevue woman at Time Out Sports Bar, 185 Front St. N., at 7:26 p.m.
  • A 33-year-old Seattle woman at Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., at 7:41 p.m.
  • A 37-year-old Federal Way man at JaK’s Grill, 28 Front St. N., at 7:55 p.m.
  • A 37-year-old Maple Valley man at Sip, 1084 N.E. Park Drive, at 8:30 p.m.
  • A 22-year-old Kirkland woman at Starbucks, 1460 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 9:13 p.m.

Under state law, furnishing liquor to a minor is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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