Agents from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control have arrested two bartenders at the Banta Inn on charges of furnishing alcohol to two underage patrons. The arrest follows an investigation into a crash that occurred in late May.

A news release from the ABC stated Hollie Simms, 44, of Tracy, was taken into custody on Friday at the inn, 22563 Seventh Street, and Alexandria Zamora, 31, of Tracy, turned herself in to authorities on Monday evening with both facing misdemeanor charges under the California Business and Professions Code of serving multiple alcoholic drinks to underage patrons causing great bodily injury or death.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department arrested Simms Friday afternoon and took her to San Joaquin County Jail, where she was booked and released. Zamora has also been released from the jail after she was booked Monday evening.

An investigation by the department’s Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies alleges that on the night of May 29 Simms served multiple alcoholic drinks to two young Tracy men, Daxtin Dibble, 18, and Brandin Farmer, 20, at the Banta Inn.

After drinking the alcohol at the inn Dibble reportedly crashed his truck on El Rancho Road near Canal Boulevard, about 1 1/2 miles from the inn.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Whitlock said Dibble was heading north on the road at about 50 mph when the truck drifted across the southbound lane off roadway across the west shoulder striking a tree.

Dibble, the only one in the truck, received a serious head injury in the single-vehicle crash. The California Highway Patrol investigated it as a driving under the influence crash, and court records show that Dibble is facing misdemeanor drunken driving charges.

ABC agents opened an investigation immediately after the crash and conducted a series of interviews and collected evidence determining that the Banta Inn had served alcohol to the young men.

As a result of the investigation ABC said it will be pursuing disciplinary action against the Banta Inn’s alcohol license which could result in a fine or suspension of the license.

ABC public information officer John Carr said in an email the investigation is ongoing into the Banta Inn. He stated this was the first offense for the Banta Inn under the current owners and the penalty had not been determined yet.

Carr said there is due process and the licensee has the right to contest ABC’s findings in the disciplinary process and may request a hearing before an administrative law judge.

The Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies program is operated by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration.

The grant provides in-depth ABC investigations of serious incidents including vehicle accidents, alcohol overdoses, poisonings and assaults involving minors and alcohol consumption.

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Banta Inn bartender arrested for serving alcohol to underage patrons

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Agents from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control have arrested two bartenders at the Banta Inn on charges of furnishing alcohol to two underage patrons. The arrest follows an investigation into a crash that occurred in late May.

A news release from the ABC stated Hollie Simms, 44, of Tracy, was taken into custody on Friday at the inn, 22563 Seventh Street, and Alexandria Zamora, 31, of Tracy, turned herself in to authorities on Monday evening with both facing misdemeanor charges under the California Business and Professions Code of serving multiple alcoholic drinks to underage patrons causing great bodily injury or death.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department arrested Simms Friday afternoon and took her to San Joaquin County Jail, where she was booked and released. Zamora has also been released from the jail after she was booked Monday evening.

An investigation by the department’s Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies alleges that on the night of May 29 Simms served multiple alcoholic drinks to two young Tracy men, Daxtin Dibble, 18, and Brandin Farmer, 20, at the Banta Inn.

After drinking the alcohol at the inn Dibble reportedly crashed his truck on El Rancho Road near Canal Boulevard, about 1 1/2 miles from the inn.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Whitlock said Dibble was heading north on the road at about 50 mph when the truck drifted across the southbound lane off roadway across the west shoulder striking a tree.

Dibble, the only one in the truck, received a serious head injury in the single-vehicle crash. The CHP investigated it as a driving under the influence crash, and court records show that Dibble is facing misdemeanor drunken driving charges.

ABC agents opened an investigation immediately after the crash and conducted a series of interviews and collected evidence determining that the two bartenders at the Banta Inn had served alcohol to the young men.

As a result of the investigation ABC said it will be pursuing disciplinary action against the Banta Inn’s alcohol license which could result in a fine or suspension of the license.

ABC public information officer John Carr said in an email the investigation is ongoing into the Banta Inn. He stated this was the first offense for the Banta Inn under the current owners and the penalty had not been determined yet.

Carr said there is due process and the licensee has the right to contest ABC’s findings in the disciplinary process and may request a hearing before an administrative law judge.

The Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies program is operated by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration.

The grant provides in-depth ABC investigations of serious incidents including vehicle accidents, alcohol overdoses, poisonings and assaults involving minors and alcohol consumption.

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