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Martell’s To Have Liquor License Suspended for 30 Days, Pay $500K Fine

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Martell's Tiki Bar (File Photo)
Martell’s Tiki Bar (File Photo)

Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Beach will close for 30 days while its liquor license is suspended and pay a fine of $500,000 in a settlement with state officials over an incident where a drunk woman took another person’s car from the bar’s parking lot and drove it the wrong way on Route 18, killing herself and severely injuring another motorist in the resulting head-on accident.

The bar, owned by Martell’s Tiki Bar Inc., will pay a $500,000 fine and have its license to serve alcohol suspended from September 28, 2015 to October 28, 2015. In addition, all staff involved in the service of alcohol at Martell’s will be required to undergo training in the safe service of alcohol, which will be overseen by a compliance monitor approved by the ABC and paid for by Martell’s. The monitoring requirement will last as long as the current owners hold an interest in the alcoholic beverage license.

Martell’s had been charged with one count of service of alcohol to an intoxicated patron and had pleaded “non-vult,” or no contest, the state attorney general’s office said in a statement issued Thursday.

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“There can be deadly consequences when alcohol and driving are mixed, so it is vitally important that establishments that serve alcohol, do so responsibly,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman, in the statement. “It is unlawful in this state to serve alcohol to a person who is actually or apparently intoxicated and the repercussions of not abiding by the law have been brought to bear in this tragic case.”

According to police reports, the intoxicated patron, Ashley Cheico, 26, then of Wood-Ridge, had been drinking at Martell’s on August 16, 2013 and left the establishment driving an SUV she did not own. The Old Bridge police report said that at about 6 p.m. that day, Cheico’s vehicle struck head-on the car driven by Dana Corrar on Route 18. Corrar, who was 55 years old and an Old Bridge resident at the time of the crash, sustained multiple injuries.

Cheico reportedly took the SUV from a parking lot owned by Martell’s where staff members keep customers’ keys in their ignitions in order to be able to quickly move them around the jam-packed lot.


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  • Tracy TraLala

    They should also pay the victim who’s life is forever changed due to their negligence.

    • JW P

      Everybody wants to pin liability on a cash cow for someone else’s individual liberty and poor judgement.

      People get drunk at bars. As long as they’re not serving people who can’t even stand up anymore and want to drive home, they’re free to make money. It’s embarrassing that the state even took this case, especially since the bar had no way of knowing she would drive off in somebody else’s car.

      • JJones

        Bartenders have to cut off trunk customers…its there responsibility…and call them a cab…

      • JW P

        Like I said, as long as they’re not serving people who can’t even stand up anymore and want to drive home, they’re free to make money. If you drink, you will get drunk. Why the bar was held responsible for another person’s drunken auto theft and related homicide is beyond me.

      • JJones

        If the police would hang by parking lots of this bar in summer they would arrest probably 50% of the people leaving Martells or Jenks…

      • Frank Rizzo

        Democrats have been doing this for years on the backs of the rich and hard working. Personal responsibility has become a thing of the past under your watch as we see with inner city crime and minority offenders. It is never ever the persons fault these days but as you Klepto Crats call it….an institutional failure of our privileged society.

      • JW P

        Will you ever shut up?

      • Frank Rizzo

        Why…do you want a One party America to help your communist agenda go unopposed.

      • JW P

        Please stop spreading your verbal diarrhea and completely unrelated and confusing personal insults. It gets old and just plain annoying.

      • Frank Rizzo

        This is still America until Eric Holder and your Democrats turn into Amerika so I will not be silent. If it gets old then stay in your own comfort zone of the politically correct and squash any opposing views by calling people racists and keep them from working like the Reds did in any communist country.

      • JW P

        Please go back to your time machine and return to neanderthal days. Nobody there will care if you burn crosses and rant to yourself.

  • Paul Hanrahan

    I find it ironic that Shore Beat runs a story about a bar being fined and shut down for serving alcohol and then the next story is about Brick trying to get vendors to sell beer and wine at summerfest. They are just reporting the facts, but does anyone else see the irony here?