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WESTERLY — A Westerly man is facing charges after the police said he tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill to buy a beer from a downtown bar in early August.

Westerly police on Sunday arrested the man, Daniel L. Hardison, 29, of 57 John St., on a warrant charging him with one count of passing a counterfeit note. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, stemming from an investigation after he was stopped while riding an ATV on Friendship Street in May.

Hardison was arraigned Monday and released after posting a $5,000 surety bond. He is due in Washington Superior Court for a felony screening on Nov. 15, according to court records.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said a bartender at the Back Track Bar & Grille on Industrial Avenue reported Aug. 4 that a man had just come in and was trying to pay with counterfeit money.

Witnesses told police that Hardison bought a beer and told the bartender, a woman, to "keep the change." She expressed concern that the money was fake, angering Hardison, and he demanded change for the beer, threatening to call the police. When she refused, he fled, the police said.

"Fortunately the bartender was alert and made good decisions," Lacey said. "Had she given him change for the beer, they would have been out $95 or whatever that change may have been. Instead, she told him she'd rather lose the beer, which was a wise decision."

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