Police got waitress accused of selling cocaine drunk, lawyer says
The attorney of a waitress accused of selling cocaine to undercover police at a downtown Huntington Beach restaurant and bar said he had evidence that the officers bought her drinks and got her heavily intoxicated before getting information from her.
Ron Chrislip, representing Brynn Ashley Boucher, asked an Orange County Superior Court judge Tuesday to extend Boucher's court date pending a request to the police department for any tape recordings of the officers' interactions with Boucher at Killarney Pub & Grill.
"Only after she was heavily intoxicated did they get information from her," Chrislip told the Huntington Beach Independent. "All she knows is she was drinking a lot. She doesn't remember selling anything."
Huntington Beach Police Chief Ken Small would not comment on whether the officers were buying drinks for Boucher. He said he did not know if officers' interactions with Boucher were recorded.
Boucher, 24, was arrested in May along with Victor Mac Davis, 29, who police allege was helping her obtain the cocaine. Both were charged with three felony counts each of selling and transporting a controlled substance. Boucher has a separate case pending for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Police launched an investigation along with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in response to alcohol-related problems downtown. Huntington Beach was recently ranked No. 1 in DUIs for cities its population size in the state.
Police allegedly bought cocaine from Boucher in March, April and May.
"I'm not here to make the police look bad," Chrislip said. "I'm here to bring justice."
-- Mona Shadia, Times Community News
Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times