Early morning crash into Green River building leads to arrest


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By Crystal Apilado and Rick von Geldern
Express staff

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 19, a vehicle crashed into the south exterior wall of the Green River Brewery and Taproom.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the single vehicle accident at 1:55 a.m. CHP identified the driver as Fairfield resident Thomas Pate (49). Pate was driving eastbound on Putah Creek Road when his 2009 grey Honda Element veered off the road and into the Green River building right over the concrete staircase.

The CHP confirmed Pate was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Pate sustained injury and was transported from the scene for medical aid.

CHP said the driver was not booked into the Solano County Jail but was released after being medically cleared. Charges are being filed through the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, according to CHP.

Green River co-owner John Neil said that no employees were injured as a result of the crash. Green River was closed on Sunday as they assessed the damage, make quick fixes and took count of damaged foods and equipment.

Co-owner Brock Neil said the walk-in unit house in that section of the building was completely destroyed and the wall had significant damage. The Beer Wall also sustained damage and will be out of service until repairs can be made. Brock said the loose figure is looking at a cost of about $100K in damages to both the building and loss of food and equipment.

Green River opened back up on Monday and offered patrons a limited menu due to the loss of the unit. Visitors will be able to order a variety of burgers, beers and pizza for the time being.

John said they would be putting up a barrier in the restaurant in the meantime as they work on fixing both the Beer Wall and the walk-in unit area.

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