More than 100 arrested in Fairfield underage drinking raid
Published 8:39 pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2009
FAIRFIELD -- In one of the largest stings ever staged in town, police charged 103 patrons of Bravo Restaurant and Bar with underage drinking.
Police Sgt. Jim Perez said that more than 65 fake driver's licenses and other phony IDs were confiscated as well during the Tuesday night raid in which local police were assisted by agents from the state Liquor Control Commission.
Most of those charged at the bar, 1418 Post Road, are cooperating with police, Perez said.
The operation left the cops with mountains of paperwork, however, as each case has to be treated individually. "We could potentially have over 100 different cases," he said. "We're trying to figure out who's who. We'll be working on this for some time to come."
He said the fake IDs were difficult to tell from real ones, and look as though they were professionally made. Some may be charged with forgery, he added.
"Just in the last few months here in Connecticut, we have had some serious campus crimes, and very often liquor has a role in these crimes," Perez said. "I'd say it's quite likely that, with this operation, we prevented something unfortunate from happening. And very often, sexual assaults involve alcohol, too."
Nearly all of those charged were students, under 21 years old, at Sacred Heart and Fairfield universities, police said. The arrests took place about 9:45 p.m.
No one on the Bravo staff has been charged, he said, although the investigation is continuing.
Perez said that, for a time, the scene at the bar looked like something out of a television sitcom. "There were so many of them, that when we announced, `Everyone under age step to the left.' They all stepped to the left almost as one," Perez said. "I can't make this up."