Man sues bars he says kept serving him before drunken North Jersey crash
A Carlstadt man is suing two bars he says kept serving him excessive amounts of alcohol before he got into a serious crash left him with a severely injured leg, according to a report.
Antonio Salomon-Merlino's blood alcohol level tested at below the night of the July 2015 crash, and drunk driving charges against him were dropped, his lawyer told NJ.com. But The attorney said that a look at receipts from the night of the crash prove he had been drinking heavily — and that five hours had passed between the time of the accident and the test, giving his BAC time to drop.
The crash left Salomon-Merlino, 28, unable to work or ride a motorcycle, he reportedly says in the suit.
His attorney says he drank Tequila and pisco sours at Oh! Calamares in Kearny, then drove his motorcycle to Hector's Sports Bar in Clifton, where he had several more drink, NJ.com reported.
New Jersey's Dram Shop law, which allows a lawsuit to be filed against an establishment that serves alcohol to a visibly drunk customer, is being cited in the suit.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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