MANATEE — A 73-year-old man is suing a bar after he crashed his motorized scooter after too many drinks, according to a lawsuit filed this week.
John Wasko is suing The Oasis, 6006 Manatee Ave. W., for more than $15,000, claiming bar staff “should have known that he was ... addicted to alcohol,” the lawsuit states.
Wasko was served numerous drinks before he left the bar on his scooter on Jan. 18. He crossed Manatee Avenue West at 55th Street when he was struck by a vehicle.
Brenda Cays, who is listed in the lawsuit as the owner of The Oasis, said she was unaware of the lawsuit.
She said staff keep track of how many drinks patrons have had and when necessary stop serving them.
“I’ve taken people home and we’ve paid taxi cabs to take people home,” she said.
Wasko’s suit alleges otherwise.
“The servers failed to have sufficient training and knowledge to observe the condition of John Wasko and negligently continued to provide intoxicating beverages to John Wasko notwithstanding his level of intoxication,” the lawsuit states.
Wasko was cited by Bradenton Police Department officers for walking into the path of a vehicle. He was taken to Blake Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
He was later adjudicated guilty for the traffic citation, according to court records.
Wasko sustained injuries from the crash that he blames on the bar.
Wasko’s attorney, Melton Little, could not be reached for comment. No one answered at Wasko’s residence Friday afternoon.
Beth Burger, crime reporter, can be contacted at 748-0411, ext. 7919.