TABC Launches Investigation After Several Arrests At An East Lubbock Club - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/07

TABC Launches Investigation After Several Arrests At An East Lubbock Club

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission or TABC is launching an investigation into an evening hot spot here in Lubbock, Club Dallas. This comes after complaints that lead to several arrests overnight.

NewsChannel 11 Video Journalist John Berry was the only one on the scene as police arrested 6 people at 711 34th Street. On Thursday night, customers at Club Dallas in east Lubbock encountered police lights flashing and officers moving in and around the club.

"We had customers come in and questioned, age identified and customers leaving that were also questioned," Club Dallas Manager Emelio Rocha said.

But Rocha says there was no need for Lubbock Police to spend several hours at his club.

"We do our best. We have upped our security and we are trying. All we want is some help. When do we draw the line, at 3 to 5 hours? I think that's excessive," Rocha adds.

Rocha says in his 18 and older club, they have implemented a strict ID policy, using wrist brands to show those who are legal to drink. But Lubbock Police say over the past month they've received some 20 different calls requesting assistance at Club Dallas.

Then late Thursday police received more disturbance calls, leading to six arrests. Police tell us the arrests ranged from public intoxication, fake-IDs to parole violations. However, Rocha says they were excessive and unnecessary.

"We're an establishment that sells alcohol. Wherever you have alcohol, you're going to have complaints," Rocha comments.

However, now the overnight arrests in combination with past complaints is causing the TABC to launch an investigation, in which officials say Club Dallas's business practices will be reviewed.

The club's manager also tells us prior to Thursday night, they had met with police regarding procedures and security. Rocha says it was in an effort to stop recurring problems in and round the club.

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