Oak Lawn Police arrested an intoxicated bar patron who was “pushed” to the ground by Patrick Phelan, the owner of the politically connected bar, PJ’s Pourhouse, after allegedly striking Phelan four times in the face.
Patrick Phelan told police that he pushed Ronnie Jackson, an Oak Lawn bar patron, after Jackson struck him four times in the face. Jackson was arrested for battery for striking Phelan after he was told to stop yelling at a bartender, according to Phelan.
Phelan’s story is that Jackson approached him, grabbed him with both hands by the collar, then hit him in the face four times. Phelan stated that he then “pushed” Jackson to the ground and told him to stay on the ground. When the police officers responded to the bar room fight, they found Jackson lying on the floor near the front entrance of the bar.
Phelan and Sandra Dahamni, a bartender, told the responding officers that Jackson was highly intoxicated and was yelling. Phelan and the bartender both said that Jackson struck Phelan with a “closed fist” four times in the face. The Police Officer noted in his report that he did not see any visible injuries on Phelan’s face. Six officers in total responded to the brawl.
Jackson told a different story than Phelan. Jackson said that Phelan was upset with him because he was talking to Dahamni. Jackson, who stands at six feet four inches tall and is 200 pounds, said that Phelan grabbed him from behind and pushed him to the ground. Jackson said he did not hit Phelan even once and characterized the story by Phelan as false. According to the police officer, Jackson appeared to be intoxicated.
The incident occurred on December 20th at 1:30 a.m. Patrick Phelan is the brother of former Village Trustee Tom Phelan who served as Mayor Sandra Bury’s campaign manager and remains her closest political adviser.
Bury campaigned for stronger sanctions against liquor license owners but was accused of playing politics when she failed to take any action against Phelan’s bar, when the police caught bartenders serving underage patrons. Bury, as the village’s liquor control commissioner, has sole authority in determining whether a liquor licensee has violated the local ordinance. Chuck E Cheese surrendered its liquor license after the administration threatened to revoke the license when patrons engaged in a fight outside the establishment.
As of today’s date, Bury has not posted any notice of a liquor control commission meeting to take any action against PJ’s Pourhouse’s license for the fight inside the establishment.