SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — A lawsuit has been filed against JJ’s Grill in Springdale, and body cam video shows the car crash at the center of the dispute.
The 13-page lawsuit filed by Mulkey Law Firm alleges that on March 22, an underage woman sat at JJ’s and was served tequila and whiskey, despite being too young to purchase alcohol and being intoxicated.
It goes on to say she got into her car and drove on the highway, then hit an oncoming Ford Mustang. She drove away with the airbags deployed, and stopped in a nearby parking lot where she was arrested.
Bodycam video from the Springdale Police Department shows the moments before Sayra Campo-Rodriguez was arrested on multiple criminal charges.
The lawsuit alleges that Rodriguez ordered four frozen margaritas and three crown royal whiskey beverages before getting behind the wheel.
The Ford Mustang was reportedly demolished and the driver was injured.
“This is a dram shop action. There are two ways that businesses can be held liable when they illegally or improperly serve alcohol. One is to sell it to a minor, under circumstances where they knew or should have known,” Attorney Bruce Mulkey said.
The Alcohol Beverage Control Division charged JJ’s with furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, and furnishing beverages to an intoxicated person.
The restaurant faces a fine of $1,000 and probation through July 28.
Mulkey says he hopes this serves as a wake-up call.
“We hope at some point in the future there will be some justice, and we hope at the same time that liquor stores and bars and restaurants will sell more responsibly,” Mulkey said.
“JJ’s has not yet been served with the lawsuit and so has not been able to review the allegations in it. Since we opened in 2009, we have always taken our guests’ safety seriously as well as our compliance with the law, including ABC regulations. We give extensive training to all our employees and monitor their performance. Once we have received the lawsuit, we can more fully respond.”JODY THORNTON, CEO AND OWNER OF JJ’S GRILL, JBGB, JJ’S BREWING CO., JJ’S BREW & QUE, JJ’S POUR HOUSE