ABC warns of consequences of serving minors

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has ordered the indefinite suspension of the license of Slough House Social in Colusa after finding the restaurant served alcoholic beverages to a 17-year-old May 19, 2022. The intoxicated minor left the restaurant in the passenger seat of a vehicle and exited it while moving, sustaining fatal injuries. Alcohol sales are prohibited until the license is transferred.

ABC opened a Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies investigation immediately after the incident to determine the source of the alcohol that was illegally furnished. ABC agents determined that three Slough House Social servers repeatedly served alcohol to the minor and a family acquaintance, Joseph Edward Page. Page was arrested for DUI.

“Preventing underage drinking and over-intoxication is a public safety priority,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “We want to remind licensees to check IDs and not over-serve patrons to help keep Californians safe.”

ABC filed disciplinary action against Slough House Social’s alcoholic beverage license for furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor and service to the obviously intoxicated minor. Slough House Social settled the action and agreed to an immediate suspension of its alcohol license. The department has ordered that Slough House Social is no longer allowed to sell alcohol and that the license will be revoked if it is not transferred within 180 days.

The TRACE program is made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant provides funding for ABC investigations of alcohol-related incidents that involve a person under 21 causing great bodily injury or death, or anyone charged with vehicular manslaughter that was under the influence of alcohol regardless of their age.

About the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is the agency of the government of the state of California charged with the regulation of alcoholic beverages. ABC’s mission is to provide the highest level of service and public safety to the people of California through licensing, education, and enforcement. ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.