West Chester bar will not face charges in Ryan Dunn's death

Posted: June 24, 2011

The West Chester bar that served Jackass star Ryan Dunn hours before his death in a drunken-driving wreck will not face criminal or administrative charges, state police said Thursday.

Security footage taken from Barnaby's of America supported assertions this week from bar management that the 34-year-old TV daredevil was not visibly intoxicated as employees there served him six shots and two beers over four hours early Monday, said Sgt. William La Torre of Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement.

Bar general manager Frank Herron said he believed fans and friends might have bought another beer and two shots for Dunn after he stopped buying his own drinks.

Toxicology reports released Wednesday showed Dunn had a blood-alcohol level of 0.196 - more than twice the legal limit for driving - when he veered off the Route 322 bypass just before 3 a.m. in West Goshen Township.

The fiery crash sent Dunn's Porsche 911 GT3 through a guardrail, down a wooded embankment, and into a tree, killing him and his passenger, 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell of West Chester. Investigators believe Dunn was driving up to 140 m.p.h.

State laws allow for criminal or administrative charges to be filed against bar employees or license holders for knowingly serving patrons who exhibit visible signs of intoxication.


Contact staff writer Jeremy Roebuck at 267-564-5218, jroebuck@phillynews.com, or @inqmontco on Twitter. Read his blog, "MontCo Memo," at www.philly.com/montcomemo

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