One of Wayland’s newest restaurants is facing criticism after they allegedly overserved a customer.
Wayland Police Robert Irving, in an Oct. 4 letter to the Board of Selectmen, raised concerns over The Local overserving a customer on Oct. 4, who was later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police arrested Michael C. Cline, 36, of New Hampshire at around 11 p.m. on Oct. 4 after determining he had consumed several drinks at The Local, according to Irving’s letter. After an investigation, police concluded Cline had left the restaurant “out of it” and told a waiter he was OK to drive. Cline drove off in his pickup truck and his car was later reported to police as driving erratically. Officers located the car, but Cline sped away from them, struck a crosswalk sign on Old Connecticut Path and stopped on Castle Road. Cline fled the scene on foot, but officers later found and arrested him at around 11 p.m.
Cline is facing charges
for driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident
with property damage, operating to endanger, a marked lanes violation and
failure to stop or obey a police officer.
Receipts recovered from Cline’s car show he opened a bar tab at 8:36 p.m. at The Local and it closed t 10:42 p.m., according to the letter. During that time, Cline ordered 1 shot of Jameson and four 16-ounce Smuttynose beers. Another receipt showed he had purchased a six-pack of beer in Sudbury at 4:54 p.m. that day, according to the letter.
Despite the incident, Irving told Wayland Patch in an interview he would not be requesting a hearing for the restaurant. Irving met with the general manager on Oct. 10 and advised him of the incident, according to the letter. The manager told Irving he was concerned over the incident and pledged to review the issue with his bartenders.