West El Paso bar being investigated by TABC, suspected of serving alcohol to minor
POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 9:08am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is investigating a west El Paso bar for allegedly serving alcohol to a teenager, who is being accused of hitting and killing two construction workers on the I-10 freeway on Mother's Day.
The 18 year-old alleged drunk driver, Fort Bliss soldier, Jan Michael Nieves, later admitted to police that he had just left Gatsby Bar and Nightclub on Mesa before the crash. The business has not been shut down.
The TABC could suspend or revoke Gatsby's liquor license if they determine the business did actually serve alcohol to a minor and kept serving him when he was drunk.
"Loss of life is our number one concern. That's going to be a heavy factor in determining how this falls and what suspension, or if cancellation is warranted then it's certainly going to be explored," said Lieutenant Salvador Moralez Jr. with TABC.
TABC will interview the bar staff and witnesses as part of their investigation.
"If it's determined that they served to an underaged person, then that's one charge. If they served to this person who was intoxicated, then that's a separate charge," said Moralez.
The current owners of Gatsby Bar and Nightclub have never been investigated before.
Gatsby Bar and Nightclub did not return our phone calls for a comment.
Nieves is facing intoxication manslaughter charges.