The Yadkinville Police Department, Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents shut down Valley Pub on East Elm Street in Yadkinville on March 16, according to a press release.
Officers and agents entered Valley Pub Friday evening with a search warrant issued by a superior court judge following a string of alleged alcohol violations, according to the release.
The investigation of the pub began several weeks ago after the police and ALE received numerous complaints regarding off-premise alcohol consumption, ABC permit violations and allowing excessive on-premise consumption by patrons, according to the report.
Upon investigating, officers and agents learned that the current owner and operator Phillip Lee Baity, 44 of Rome Anthony Road in Yadkinville was unlicensed by the NC ABC for retail sales of beer and mixed beverages.
“We believe that Baity was operating without a license for about two to three weeks,” said Tim Parks, Yadkinville police chief.
Parks said that some of the complaints were that the pub staff were allowing patrons to drink excessively and leave the pub intoxicated. Parks said that the Yadkinville Police Department believes there was at least one head-on collision that was a result of an intoxicated patron that left from the pub. Parks also said that individual was well over the legal limit on their breathalyzer test.
Baity was charged with two counts of possession of alcohol for sale without a valid ABC permit and two counts sale of alcohol without a valid ABC permit. Parks said that both charges are misdemeanors.
Baity was placed under a $5,000 unsecured bond pending a court appearance on April 25.
According to an agent with the ALE, Valley Pub will not be eligible to reopen until Baity has applied for an ABC permit.
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