Penalty too lenient on Chapel Hill bars linked to driver in triple-fatal I-85 crash, ABC Chair says

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — ABC Commission Chairman Jim Gardner says the recent case involving a UNC student highlights many of the problems of underage drinking and wants more to be done to fight it.

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Chandler Kania was charged in the July deaths of three people, including a 6-year-old girl on I-85 in Hillsborough.

Police said Kania, who was 20 years old at the time, was driving drunk after being served alcohol at two Chapel Hill bars, including “He’s Not Here” which has a hearing in January.

The other bar, La Residence, will have to give up alcohol permits for 50 days starting December 18, but they could get it back January 1 if it pays a $5,000 fine.

Chairman Gardner told WNCN on Tuesday that punishment was too lenient.

“I felt that we needed to take a stronger position than we did, unfortunately we are restrained right now by certain things within the rules that we have to operate in.” Gardner said.

Right now – when it comes to accepting false ID’s… Gardner says the law allows a maximum penalty of up to $5,000.

Gardner plans to go to the General Assembly to talk about raising that fine and also asking for the ability to do more suspensions of alcohol licenses for people who violate the law.

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