HOPKINTON, RI (WPRI) — After what closely resembled a court hearing, the Hopkinton Town Council decided to revoke Boneyard Barbecue and Saloon’s liquor license.
Police requested the hearing from the Hopkinton Town Council following a fatal rollover crash that happened near the business back in August.
Derrick Payne, 48, was found dead underneath the Jeep Wrangler he was driving. Police said the Jeep belonged to Boneyard co-owner Patrick Kane.
“There’s no room in our town, then, now and in the future with reckless behavior for owners,” Hopkinton Town Council President Frank Landolfi said. “It’s obvious that this owner not only condoned, but participated in this reckless behavior, and it’s just not gonna be acceptable in our town, and I hope it’s not acceptable anywhere else in the state.”
Investigators believe Payne was using the Jeep to go off-roading through a nearby driving range prior to his death.
A few weeks later, Kane, 32, was arrested and accused of trying to obstruct the investigation.
Police said Kane lied to investigators about whether or not the restaurant’s security cameras were functional at the time of the crash. After hearing from employees that the cameras were working days before the crash, investigators discovered the equipment had recently been unplugged.
Attorney’s for Boneyard requested the hearing be moved to a later date, claiming they felt they were given enough time to prepare their defense. The town council denied the request and moved forward with the hearing.
During the hearing, an attorney for the Hopkinton Police Department detailed several incidents where customers were over-served alcohol and drove home intoxicated. The town council questioned several officers as witnesses.
A detective with the Hopkinton Police Department said a toxicology report revealed Payne had a BAC of .104 when he died.
“As the investigation was made public, we learned from patrons that were there that evening that they had seen Mr. Payne drinking and present at Boneyard Barbecue,” the detective said.
Boneyard will still be able to operate as a restaurant, however, no alcohol is allowed to be served.