Montana News

Sep 27, 2011 11:20 AM by Irina Cates (Missoula)

MT bar owner, bartender charged for over-serving woman killed in crash

FRENCHTOWN - Alcan Bar owner Thomas Porter and bartender Jade Thomas are facing charges of over-serving alcohol to a customer who died in a rollover crash last year.

The Montana Highway Patrol responded to a rollover crash on Mullan Road near Frenchtown in September 2010.

During an investigation, MHP troopers determined that driver Erika Ringleb was intoxicated, yet the bar had continued serving her alcohol.

Ringleb crashed about 30 minutes after leaving the Alcan Bar and at that point her blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit.

"The clues that may have been missed in this particular case are the total number of drinks that were consumed. The size and weight of the person drinking," Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Drew Novak, the investigator on this case, said.

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