ST. PETERSBURG — Last call for alcohol came and went at Vintage Ultra Lounge early Saturday, but police said the drinking continued after 3 a.m. That resulted in the arrest of night manager Jeremy Wallace, 35, who was charged with conducting unlawful activities during prohibited hours, a misdemeanor. He was jailed briefly, then released on $250 bail.
Wallace took the fall Saturday for what was the bar's second brush with the law this year, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz. In February, Vintage management was warned about serving patrons after hours. Managers were told if police caught them again, someone would leave in handcuffs.
About 3:20 a.m. Saturday officers entered the club at 16 Second St. N from the back, Puetz said. Once inside, they saw two patrons, one with an open container in her hand, police said.
Puetz said police have no reason to believe the bar has been habitually breaking the law, and this is largely a non-issue downtown, where alcohol cannot be served after 3 a.m. "This may be the only incident we've had," Puetz said.
Wallace did not return calls for comment Monday.
The bar itself was not cited, though infractions such as this could impact the bar's ability to renew their alcohol vending permit with the state, Puetz said.
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