HAGERSTOWN —Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday ruled a Hagerstown bar owner wasn’t responsible for a fight that occurred at the business last month.
After listening to police testimony during a Wednesday hearing, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, voted 3-0 to clear the West End Pub at 5 Nottingham Road of any wrongdoing.
“I find there is no fault here,” liquor board Secretary William Dunham said before he made the motion to exonerate the tavern.
The liquor board heard testimony from Hagerstown Police Patrolman Daniel Bobetich, who said officers were called on Nov. 12 to respond to a large fight at the bar.
“For the two people working there, and the number of people who were there, there was nothing they could have done differently,” Bobetich said. “I mean these people had them well outnumbered and they were fighting all over the place.”
Bobetich said Ruth Thompson, owner of the West End Pub, contacted him after the disturbance to ask if she could take precautions to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
“I explained it appeared to be a one-time thing, and I don’t think there’s anything she could have done differently ... It was just a large group of people,” Bobetich said.
Police saw about 20 people fighting in the tavern parking lot when they arrived at 11:56 p.m. on Nov. 12, according to a Hagerstown Police Department master incident field report.
Officers said the people who were fighting fled when police arrived.
Police said they shut down the bar for the remainder of the night to prevent further problems.