fficials with the Conway Police Department conducted a fourth alcohol compliance check on seven businesses throughout the community Thursday night. The officers, paired with an underage informant, visited the businesses where the informant ordered an alcoholic beverage to see if the servers would check the informant’s identification and refuse service.
According to La Tresha Woodruff, CPD public information officer, of the seven businesses visited, four failed to meet compliance standards.
"Our officers conducted the compliance checks at seven businesses in the city," she said. "Servers at Saigon and El Huasteco served alcohol to the underage informant even after looking at the unaltered identification. At La Huerta and Brick Oven, servers did not bother to ask for any identification before serving the informant alcohol."
The violators that served the informant alcohol were issued fines ranging from $200-500. In addition, a waiter at El Huasteco was arrested after becoming uncooperative with the officers when he was issued his citation.
Woodruff said servers at Oak Street Bistro, Mike’s Place and the VFW were also checked, but followed the law and asked to see the informant’s identification before refusing to serve alcohol to a minor.
In total, the compliance checks have been performed at 28 businesses, with 15 servers failing the check and serving alcohol to the informant.
Woodruff said the checks will continue with additional checks being performed at businesses that have been cited for serving alcohol. Businesses that initially passed the compliance checks also have the possibility of being checked again.
The frequent checks are made possible through a grant from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s "Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws" program.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)