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One bar linked to 72 drunk-driving arrests, Huntington Beach police say

February 2, 2011 |  7:36 am

State officials are investigating the Baja Sharkeez bar in Huntington Beach after police complained that an excessive number of drunk-driving arrests were connected to the business.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is looking into what seems to be an excessive problem with alcohol-related issues spilling over to the city's streets, said spokesman John Carr.

In 22 months, 72 Sharkeez customers were arrested on suspicion of driving drunk, according to police. Hurricanes Bar & Grill was second with 52 drunk drivers, and Killarney Pub & Grill was third with 33 in the same time period. Police ask drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence where they were drinking before they got in the car, he said.

Sharkeez owner Ron Newman said the numbers can't be linked directly to his bar. "What happens on the highway, we cannot control," Newman said.

Read more: "State investigating Sharkeez DUI data."


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