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Snohomish First Street sting nets three bars

SNOHOMISH — Three bars on First Street were caught overserving drinks on Cinco de Mayo Friday, May 5.
Time Out Sports Bar, Piccadilly Circus Pub and Snazzy Badger Pub are all going to be cited for overservice, a state liquor board spokesman said.
Snohomish Police officers and state Liquor and Cannabis Board agents conducted undercover operations as well as an emphasis foot patrol with four officers that night.
“We had a very heavy presence,” Police Chief John Flood said. “We had Target Zero, which is (the county) DUI patrol, and they focused on the Snohomish area, and we had four deputy foot patrol officers on First Street.”
According to Target Zero team commander Lt. Luke Brandon, a team of five Washington State Patrol troopers made 14 DUI arrests in Snohomish County that weekend. One of those arrests also involved felony drug charges. 
Overall, there were 36 DUI arrests logged that weekend, Brandon said. Sixteen of those total arrests were on either state routes or I-5 within Snohomish County.
Year to date, WSP has tackled 378 DUIs within this region — between Monroe to Marysville — and most of them were related to
alcohol impairment. About one-third of those 378 DUIs were drug-related, such as marijuana or harder drugs such as heroin or methamphetamine. 
Flood said the undercover operations toured the bars on First Street seeking violations.
“We were looking for overservice and those three bars ended up getting citations,” Flood said. “The bars are aware of their responsibilities and obligations, so unfortunately, they let their guard down, and fortunately, we were there to see it.”
Liquor board spokesmen said the next step for the bars is to either dispute the citation, which could lead to a hearing, or to pay a fine.
Spokesman Mikhail Carpenter said Time Out’s license is not directly affected by the new violation from Cinco de Mayo. The bar is already operating under a temporary license because it’s
currently undergoing a pending liquor license non-renewal process.
Because the pending non-renewal is for a separate violation, the
newest violation doesn’t directly affect its temporary license right now. 

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