Party Host Ordinance could lead to more charges in Franklin students accident

El Paso News

As the Franklin High School community prays for the recovery of two students, the Sunland Park Police Department is trying to determine what led to the accident that injured them.

The City of Sunland Park adopted the Party Host Ordinance about six months ago. The ordinance holds adults responsible for providing alcohol or hosting a party at their home where minors are drinking. 

A police department spokesman said there is a possibility that the ordinance could be used in the accident that injured Franklin students James McClain Green and Nathalie Diaz

“We’re expected to have additional charges because there was a house part that we believe may be responsible for this,” said Sergeant Juan Ortega, spokesman for the department. “So until the investigation is complete we’ll know more or less whether we’re going to use this ordinance or not.”

El Paso has a similar ordinance. According to the city, only 14 citations were given out in the first year of the ordinance. 

Meanwhile, there have been two arrests in the accident involving the students.

Pablo Payan and James Furman were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Payan was driving the car that McClain James was in and he allegedly ran through a stop sign with his lights out, hitting Furman’s car.

It is unknown what car Diaz was in. 

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