The restaurant/bar at the center of the controversies involving Westminster Councilmen Andy Quach and Tyler Diep is not facing any criminal charges, despite failing to maintain video security as required by its beer and wine permit, the Bolsavik was told.
Last week, Westminster Police Department Sgt. Dan Schoonmaker confirmed with the Bolsavik that there was no current plan to charge Citryst.
As a condition for its beer and wine permit, Citryst was required to maintain continuous security camera coverage through midnight. However, when the police came to ask for security footage for the night Andy Quach crashed his car, the owner said the camera had been mysteriously turned off.
Here’s the story: Before 10:30pm or so on August 1, the consensus is that Andy Quach and others were dining at the West Coast Seafood Buffet on Beach Boulevard. As the Register reported here, the manager of West Coast said that Quach left at around that time, not drunk.
At around midnight, Quach clipped another car and crashed into a pole, knocking out power to 300 homes. His blood alcohol level tested to 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit.
What happened between 10:30 and midnight?
Some rumors were running that Quach then went to get really drunk at Citryst. When police came to Citryst looking for the security video, however, Citryst’s owner couldn’t produce video after 10:30, saying that the camera was somehow turned off even though it was required to stay on until midnight, reports the OC Register here.
As mentioned above, the Westminster PD has confirmed that there will be no charges filed arising out of the missing video. Previously, Citryst’s owner Amanda Mydung Nguyen pleaded guilty to a charge of resisting, delaying or obstructing a police officer over an incident in February when she was blocking police from inspecting the restaurant.
It was the same incident that gave rise to Tyler Diep barging into the Westminster police station berating the officers for daring to inspect Citryst.
The restaurant had a grand re-opening last week, well attended by members of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and a number of public officials. That’s Amanda holding the big scissors in the photo to the right. Conspicuously absent were Andy Quach and Tyler Diep.