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Sheriff stands by request to charge bartender despite opposition

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:56:43 AM MST
Updated On: Jan 03 2013 05:31:04 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says they have statements from witnesses and a bartender suggesting a Frenchtown man had too much to drink before he left the bar.

Wednesday the Sheriff's Office filed a request for a charge against the bartender who served 27-year-old Josh Carter before he drove drunk, crashed his truck and died.

The Missoula County Attorney's Office is still reviewing the request for a charge against the bartender. The Sheriff's Office said a toxicology report revealed Carter's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when died. He had allegedly been drinking at the Frenchtown Club before the crash last September.

Now they're asking the bartender be cited with a misdemeanor for over serving Carter.

Thursday from the internet to sidewalks people had an opinion. Some saying bartenders should be responsible, others saying patrons need to be held accountable for their choices.

The Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Jason Johnson said they've received lots of feedback as well, but are confident in their decision to ask for charges. Johnson said the office will continue to do everything they can to fight against drunk driving.

NBC Montana also reported Wednesday that state liquor control officials want to revoke the Frenchtown Club’s liquor license. They send them a notice of revocation late last month.

Thursday the bureau chief for state liquor licensing told NBC Montana he heard back from an attorney who is representing the Frenchtown Club’s owner, and the bar plans to fight back to keep its license.

We reached out to the attorney who refused to answer our questions.

NBC Montana will keep you updated.