TABC won't take action against Rainbow Lounge in bartender's alcohol-related death

Posted on 04 Dec 2009 at 11:32am
Bradley Larsen
Bradley Larsen

The Rainbow Lounge won’t face administrative action from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in the death of Bradley Larsen, the bartender who was killed in a car wreck July 26 on Interstate 30.

TABC has closed its source investigation into Larsen’s death after determining there isn’t conclusive evidence to show Larsen was intoxicated at the Rainbow Lounge prior to the wreck, according to TABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck. Larsen worked the night before the crash, but Rainbow Lounge general manager Randy Norman has said Larsen was not intoxicated when he left the bar at 4 a.m.

Larsen had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit at the time of the wreck, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was traveling at speeds up to 100 mph when he rear-ended an 18-wheeler on I-30 eastbound in Arlington at about 6:15 a.m. Larsen’s toxicology results also came back positive for cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs.

If TABC’s investigation had determined that Larsen was intoxicated when he left the bar, or that he had consumed alcohol after hours on the premises, the agency could have sought to revoke the bar’s liquor permit.

The wreck occurred less than a month after TABC agents, along with Fort Worth police officers, raided the Rainbow Lounge in an incident that made national headlines.

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