State Revokes Liquor License from Springdale Business After Dozens of Violations

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The Alcoholic Beverage Control has found the Springdale Civic Center in violation of multiple policies. Thursday, they announced the state revoked the center’s alcohol permit.

According to an order released by the Arkansas ABC, the civic center sold alcohol after hours, and allowed multiple multiple minors to consume alcohol. One of those teens drove home drunk and killed two passengers.

The center’s violations date back to 2002 and now the ABC says enough is enough.

“There were dozens, dozens of violations,” said Bud Roberts, Director of the Arkansas ABC.

The latest order by the ABC states on March 13th, the club allowed a 19-year-old to drink alcohol on its property.

It states the same minor could ‘barely stand’ and was served to an ‘extraordinary level of intoxication’.

According to the ABC, the teen drove home and hit a tree at 90 miles an hour, killing two others inside. It states the driver’s blood alcohol level that night was .185, twice the legal limit.

“When customers are dying, the remedy has to be extreme. That was my thinking,” said Roberts.

Just a month later, the state accuses the club of eight more violations that include leaving behind pools of spilled beer, and selling alcohol past the legal hour.

“Revocation is a remedy that I reserve,” said Roberts. “I think it is the extreme circumstance.”

The Civic Center is the latest of 6 businesses to have its license revoked in the last 25 years…most of which occurred over the last year and a half.

Roberts said it has a week to appeal the decision.

The club’s owner and attorney have not yet responded to our request for comment.

This story was originally reported by Tevin Wooten. You can follow this report and more at Tevin’s Twitter or Facebook page.

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