72 face underage drinking charges in Fairfield bus
Published 10:42 pm, Thursday, November 12, 2009
FAIRFIELD -- Seventy-two arrest warrants are awaiting a judge's signature in the continuing investigation into an October bust of more than 100 underage drinkers at Bravo Restaurant.
Police Chief David Peck said the underage drinkers will be charged with misrepresentation of age, a misdemeanor. Many of them are already aware of the allegations, Peck said Thursday. "Some of the kids are already calling to ask when they should turn themselves in," he said.
The penalty is a fine of $200 to $500 or up to 30 days in jail, or both. Anyone found guilty is also subject to having their driver's license suspended for up to 150 days.
Peck said those facing charges, most of them Fairfield and Sacred Heart university students, were confirmed as using fake identification cards to buy alcohol at the Post Road bar on Oct. 20. That night, six people who were either seen drinking by police or admitted to drinking were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.
The chief said, at this point, no charges have been filed against the bar's owner. The permittee and manager of Bravo Restaurant LLC is listed as Michael Constand. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
Peck also said it does not appear that the underage drinkers all got their fake IDs from a local source. "We believe most of them got them online," he said.
Six detectives, five patrol officers and agents from the state Liquor Control Commission participated in the raid.