WAUSAU, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Wausau area bartender has been charged with a rarely-enforced state law, after she allegedly served a drunken man who died in a traffic crash the same night.
28-year-old Amanda Bruski is free on a signature bond, after appearing in Marathon County Circuit Court on a charge of serving an intoxicated person. Assistant District Attorney Ken Heimerman said he filed the charge after reviewing Bruski’s statement to investigators about a crash the night of April 11th.
52-year-old Timothy Fehlandt of Ringle died after he left the Arrow Sports Bar and Grill in Weston. Bruski and others told police that Fehlandt turned down offers to have somebody drive him home. And in light of that, Marathon County Tavern League president Rod Fisher told the Wausau Daily Herald he was surprised that a bartender was charged. He said it could be wake-up call for a lot of bartenders.
The paper said it was over a decade since Marathon County prosecutors decided to a charge a bartender in a drinker’s death. Bruski is due back in court July 15th, and she has a jury trial scheduled for October 13th.