A BU student got herself and the Joshua Tree in trouble Sept. 1 because she couldn't correctly recite the address on the driver's license she gave a Boston detective conducting a routine inspection at the Allston watering hole.
BPD Det. William Gallagher told the Boston Licensing Board this morning he would have remained suspicious of the 19-year-old California resident even if she did correctly list the street address on the license in one of her two tries, because the license showed a blue-eyed woman, while her eyes were brown. Plus, he said, after she couldn't remember her own supposed address, he checked with BU police, who had no record of a student under the name she was using.
Once he informed her he was onto her, she admitted her real name and handed over her real BU ID card, he said.
She'll be summoned into Brighton District Court on charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol - a Corona beer - and providing fraudulent ID to law-enforcement officers. Joshua Treet will find out Thursday whether it has to suffer any penalities for the incident - as well as for having a basement filled past capacity and admitting at least one person after its licensed closing time of 1 a.m.
Bar owner Julian Bolger said in defense of his workers that the woman did look like the one on the driver's license and that her true identify emerged only after some grilling by a police detective. Board Chairwoman Nichole Murati Ferrer allowed as how that might be the case, but added Bolger's door staff should have paid better attention to the fact the woman's eye color was different than the one on the license.