December 14, 2005
This morning two people were sent to UVA hospital after falling nearly eight feet into a ditch. It all started with a beer glass, and a broken window.
After a late night of drinking, a customer was asked to leave O'Neill's on the Corner. He did, but not before throwing a beer glass through the bar's front window.
"One of the employees, she gave chase to the subject that broke out the window and chased him to the backside of the area behind the business here on the corner," said Lt. Ronnie Roberts from the Charlottesville Police.
The employee, who was not working at the time, caught the man next to the railroad tracks behind the pub. That is when both the man and woman fell nearly 8 feet into a ditch next to the building. Police say the individual, who is a University of Virginia student, was under the influence.
"I would say the individual that we encountered had been consuming alcohol," said Roberts.
A train that travels by the tracks where the two fell had to be stopped while rescue crews helped the drunk UVA student out of the ditch.
Those who work at the O' Neill's say incidents like don't normally happen. They say this is just a place where people come to have fun.
"We actually aren't really known for having incidents," said assistant manager Chris Straker. "We have a pretty solid bouncer staff here which usually keeps things like this to a minimum. This just happened to fall on an off night when we weren't really expecting to be pretty busy."
Straker also tells says that those who work at O'Neill's take pride in the establishment, and although it wasn't a smart idea for the girl to chase the drunk man, he would have probably done the same thing.
"This is our home... everyone that's here has worked here for a really long time and we all really care about the place. Anyone who comes in and damages the building, it's like damaging our own home," said Straker.
Charges are pending on the customer who broke the window. He and the female employee are said to have been in the hospital with non-life-threatening conditions.