A 2015 car crash that turned fatal could be why President Trump’s golf club in Colts Neck, New Jersey could lose its liquor license for two years. New Jersey’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control alleges the club committed two violations in August of 2015.
First, the club allegedly served Andrew Halder alcohol instead of beer in a restricted area. Second, the club allegedly served Halder despite his intoxication. Tragically, Halder subsequently caused a car crash in which his father died.
Authorities indicated Halder’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit at the time of the crash and charged him with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. Halder pled guilty in 2018 and was sentenced to three years probation.
The violations would normally only pose a combined penalty of 25 days of license suspension, but due to the aggravated nature of the second infraction, New Jersey’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control will “seek revocation of the license based upon the total circumstances.”
In New Jersey, any liquor license owner who subsequently loses it must relinquish any other liquor licenses for two years. Therefore, President Trump’s two other golf courses in the state could suffer revocation.
The financial losses to a golf club can be detrimental. It’s no surprise golfers like to enjoy a cocktail while they play, or even enjoy a couple after a round. Golf courses also host banquets, weddings, and other large events that usually involve alcohol.
Simply put, take the liquor license away, and people likely stop coming. However, the golf club has 30 days from Monday to respond.
h/t: Washington Post, AOL