Liquor Board Seeks To Solve 100 Year Old Liquor Problem

On the morning of September 19th, a 26-year-old man was stopped outside of a bar on First Street in downtown Snohomish, after liquor agents spotted him staggering drunkenly down the street. A crowd quickly formed around the officers, and quickly turned into a rowdy struggle in which three people were ultimately arrested.

A History Of Issues

This is just the lastest in a series of alcohol-fueled issues that have plagued First Street for more than 120 years, since “Texas Jack” Kinney was shot to death in front of the Gold Leaf Saloon. With 17 bars licensed to serve alcohol in just a few block radius, First Street has maintained its popularity as a local bar hopping destination. While the area cooled off a bit in the mid-2000s, there has been a resurgence of violent and illicit activity since a stabbing in 2014.

Increased Enforcement

Officers plan to crack down on bars which overserve patrons, with a special focus on Time Out Sports Bar and the English-style pub Piccadilly Circus. These two bars have received at least 18 tickets and 12 violations in the last 5 years, more than every other bar on First Street combined. Snohomish Police Chief John Flood has requested that the State Liquor Board not renew Time Out’s expired liquor license; the bar is still serving under an extension until the board can decide.

Arrested For DUI?

Regardless of attempts to crack down on alcohol-related incidents, First Street will likely remain a popular place to drink for years to come. If you have been arrested for DUI on First Street, Avenue A, or anywhere else in Snohomish, contact our firm today. Our Snohomish DUI defense attorney is a former prosecutor, and has the experience, knowledge, and record of success you want on your side.

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