Even though authorities revealed on Wednesday that “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn had a blood alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania when he got behind the wheel of his Porsche and crashed it early Monday morning, the bar where Dunn and passenger Zachary D. Hartwell were drinking before the high-speed accident will not be charged in the case.
According to The Associated Press, Sgt. William La Torre of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement said on Wednesday that the agency has investigated the incident and determined that no charges will be filed against the Barnaby’s of America pub. The bureau determined that Dunn did not “appear” intoxicated during the time he was served two beers and six shots by bar employees over four hours.
The bar’s general manger said that surveillance video given to police supported the observation of bar employees that Dunn did not seem to have been overserved. When MTV News visited Barnaby’s on Tuesday, a reporter noted that a sign is prominently displayed above the bar that reads “If you appear to be intoxicated, we cannot serve you any alcohol.” An employee also told MTV earlier this week that Dunn didn’t “seem intoxicated” when he was at the bar.
“He spoke clearly. He walked clearly. He came in hop, skip, jumping. He left hop, skip, jumping,” Barnaby’s general manager Frank Herron told the AP. “If these results are true, I’m shocked at it. We were very confident that he had not had that much.” La Torre also noted that Dunn didn’t appear to eat anything as he drank and that the last few drinks he consumed were given to him by fans at a back table in the bar and are likely the ones that put him over the edge.
A toxicology report released Wednesday said that Dunn’s blood alcohol level was 0.196 at the time of the crash; the legal limit for drivers in Pennsylvania is 0.08. Police also said that the stuntman’s Porsche could have been traveling as fast as 140 mph in a 55 mph zone when it jumped a guardrail, struck a tree and burst into flames, killing Dunn, 34, and Hartwell, 30. The report said Dunn did not have any “drugs of abuse” in his system at the time of the accident. The coroner’s office is awaiting the results of tests that could indicate the presence of prescription medications; those tests could take up to eight weeks.
Hours before the crash, Dunn tweeted a since-deleted photo from the bar of the pair drinking along with another friend. The AP also reported that Dunn was charged in April 2005 with driving under the influence after crashing his car about 2 miles from Monday’s deadly scene. Court documents show that he successfully completed a program designed for first-time nonviolent offenders that allowed the charges to be dismissed.
Fellow “Jackass” castmembers and close friends Bam Margera and Johnny Knoxville were among the people who gathered at a suburban Philadelphia funeral home on Wednesday for a private memorial service in Dunn’s honor .
Dunn will reportedly be buried in Ohio, where he was born, and a public memorial service will be announced at a later date. Dunn’s obituary requests contributions be sent to Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids, a foundation the country singer started in 1999 to raise funding for children’s charities.
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