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Peterborough

Restaurant’s liquor  license suspended

Owner says he’s appealing the 3-day suspension

PETERBOROUGH — The Yen Yen restaurant in the Monadnock Shopping Plaza was notified this week of a three-day suspension of its liquor license, effective from 12:01 a.m. on Friday to midnight on Sunday. The suspension was handed down by the N.H. Liquor Commission following an investigation in August 2012 involving undercover officers from the Liquor Commission.

In a brief phone conversation Tuesday, Paul Hui, owner of the Chinese food restaurant, said he was planning to appeal the ruling and that the restaurant would be open this weekend.

Scott Dunn, deputy chief of the Liquor Commission’s Division of Enforcement and Licensing, said Wednesday that no notice of appeal had been received.

“The suspension is still on, as far as we’re concerned,” Dunn said.

According to Dunn, the commission received a number of complaints about possible liquor law violations from restaurant patrons and the Peterborough Police Department last year, which prompted an undercover investigation.

“In August, we sent folks in to make observations,” Dunn said. “On Aug. 24, one investigator observed a patron who appeared intoxicated.”

Dunn said the man left the restaurant and an investigator outside in an unmarked car saw him getting into a pickup truck. After Liquor Commission investigators followed the truck and observed lane line violations, the truck was stopped and the driver, Daniel Codman, 47, of Peterborough, was arrested and charge with DWI. Dunn said Codman refused to take a field sobriety test.

The arrest led investigators to go back to Yen Yen, where Hui was issued an administrative notice charging the restaurant with a violation of RSA 179:5 Prohibited Sales, for serving alcohol to an intoxicated person.

“That started the administrative process,” Dunn said. “This one eventually went to the Liquor Commission for a hearing, and the suspension was issued.”

According to court records in 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey, the DWI charge against Codman was not actually carried forward in court, although Codman was convicted of reckless driving. He was fined $620 and his license was revoked for 60 days and suspended for 10 days.

Dunn said the outcome of Codman’s case was not a factor in the decision to issue the license suspension to Yen Yen.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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