EXCLUSIVE: Rogers Bar Under Investigation for Over-Serving

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A bar in Rogers is under investigation by Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) agents after police say several DWI arrests and a deadly crash originated from the club.

KNWA went to the bar looking for answers after a car split in half and a pursuit through several cities in Northwest Arkansas led investigators back to the Good Vibrations Bar and Club in Rogers. 

According to documents through the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, Bentonville police responded to a deadly crash around 1:30 a.m. on November 13, 2018. 

A man was ejected from his vehicle after 21-year-old Michael Porath hit the victim at a minimum speed of 63 miles per hour.

Later medical reports revealed the suspect had a .21 BAC level.  

According to police, Porath had spent over six hours at Good Vibrations and was employed by the bar, but was off that night.

The suspect was involved in a fight and later on needed water all while barely keeping his head upright, according to surveillance video. 

The ABC report states an employee named Erica “watched Porath leave the bar in his car at a high rate of speed.”

Police leaving a warning: “Try and limit the amount of alcohol her customers consume at the bar.”

A little over a month later, December 13, 2018, at 2:00 a.m., a Rogers police officer reported he saw 35- year-old Jonathan Olson leave Good Vibrations intoxicated. 

After refusing to pull over, Olson led officers on a pursuit involving Little Flock, Pea Ridge, and Bella Vista police — traveling at speeds over 100 miles per hour.

Olson was eventually arrested for fleeing, no driver’s license, DWI, reckless driving, and refusal to submit to chemical test, according to the police report.

Right now Good Vibrations faces two counts of “serving a person who is intoxicated”.

The only employee working Wednesday, January 23, asked KNWA to leave the property when we arrived to ask questions about the incidents.

The Alcohol Beverage Control Board is in the process of the investigation. 

The Northwest Arkansas ABC agent said his job was to speak with local police and review surveillance footage to prove the two men were intoxicated. 

The board is expected to make a decision within the next week about ‘over-serving.’ 

Charges could range from a warning to a fine, to shutting down the business for good. 

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