West Omaha bar manager accused of evidence tampering in underage DUI investigation

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 10:30 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The future of The Good Life Sports Bar and Grill is on the rocks after accusations of employees serving minors.

But the problems go much further than that and the city is seeking to revoke the liquor license for their location at 180th and Pacific streets.

An Omaha Police report shows the first issue involving the bar on Christmas Eve 2020. In that report, 20-year-old Tyler Sherman and a few other buddies — all too young too drink — went to the bar that day. Sherman’s friends admitted to officers they had consumed alcohol, the report states.

Sherman told 6-News he was never carded for alcohol, but bar president and manager Chad McMahon said his bartender told him she did ask to see the group’s IDs and that afterward, she proceeded to serve them beer. McMahon said he was out of town that weekend with family and relied on the account of his employee.

A short time later, Omaha Police said they had found Sherman near 138th & Q streets. He had crashed his Black Chevy Impala while driving at speeds up to 105 miles per hour, reports state. Five seconds before the crash, while he was traveling 96 mph just before the airbag deployed, he narrowly missed hitting a family of four at a stoplight, records state.

Sherman’s blood-alcohol level was recorded at .202 — 2.5 times the legal limit for drivers of legal drinking age. He was arrested to face DUI charges along with aggravated and reckless driving, landing him one week in jail, a $500 fine, a revoked driver’s license, and three broken vertebrae.

He said the decision to drive drunk changed his life. He woke up in the hospital and immediately told his parents he loved them. Sherman also said his plans to become a plumber have been halted because of his injuries.

But the repercussions don’t stop there.

Accusations of evidence tampering could have massive ripple effects on McMahon. The City Attorney’s Office said police went to the business with a subpoena to retrieve video evidence, but that he failed to provide video — and that he called an IT specialist after OPD left.

An hour later, the bar video was reformatted, the city attorney’s office says.

But McMahon told 6 News that claim is false, explaining he has “high-definition cameras that are on a simple rotation and re-record over themselves in a certain time frame.”

He also said he is cooperating with the investigation.

Since the December incident, which McMahon said is the first of its kind for him in nine years of business, he has spent nearly $12,000 to have all bartenders retrained on IDs. The female bartender who reportedly served Sherman and his friends alcohol was also cited and no longer works there.

City Councilman Vinny Palermo tells 6 News it’s likely that City Council will recommend McMahon’s liquor license be revoked. The ultimate decision will be made at the state liquor commission next week.

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