The Bier Garden will have its liquor license suspended for three days and pay $5,000 in fines as part of a deal reached with the state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. The fines and penalties stem from a recent fight involving a Bier Garden manager and employee and ALE agent David Miller.
ALE Supervisor Alan Page told Xpress about the deal this afternoon.
“It’s a compromise settlement,” Page said. “This is the administrative penalty agreed to by the ABC commission in Raleigh. If people are likely to be hurt or attacked at a place, we can revoke their privileges. But due to their record — the Bier Garden’s got a very good one — we’re treating this as an isolated incident. They’ve been cooperating fully in our investigation.”
The fight, involving Bier Garden manager Malcolm Knighten and bouncer Michael Plemmons has become controversial. In a 911 call just as the fight started, Knighten said that Miller had been cursing and threatening people, and that he didn’t believe he was a law enforcement officer. In the audio of that call, someone — presumably Miller as he addresses Plemmons — can be heard saying, “you’re going to get maced for real, dude.”
Knighten was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly striking Miller with a bar stool, while Plemmons was charged with assault inflicting serious injury. Both have also been charged with resisting arrest and interfering with an ABC inspection.
— David Forbes, staff writer