Utah man charged with running a bar in his garage
Sandy • A Sandy man faces up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000 for allegedly running a bar out of his garage.
Sandy police seized 106 bottles of liquor, 77 cans of beer, a Jagermeister shot machine and nearly $750 in cash from the home of Jared Williams after an undercover investigation. Police also confiscated plastic shot cups, receipts, a cash register and two calculators.
Williams, 33, is charged in Sandy's justice court with doing business without a license, a class B misdemeanor. He has pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 29 before Judge Paul Farr.
According to the affidavit for a search warrant, a citizen notified police about the residential bar in May.
Officers recognized the address at about 450 East and 10400 South from previous complaints about the "Dog Bar," named for the bulldog painted on the garage door.
Police sent an undercover detective to investigate in June. The detective and an informant entered the garage, which was occupied by about 10 men and women, and the man behind the bar identified himself as Jared, according the search warrant affidavit.
Williams then allegedly served alcohol to the officer and said that he had started the bar with his father in 2006.
After a couple of drinks, the officer paid Williams and police returned a week later with a search warrant.
Williams and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.