The consequences of drinking and driving are often tragic, as was the case with Euless Police Department Detective Alex Cervantes. Last November, he was killed when a drunk driver crashed into his vehicle, leaving his wife and two children critically injured. Now, the bartender who allegedly overserved the driver has been arrested and charged with a crime.

Lake Worth police arrested 26-year-old Cala Richardson, a bartender at a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Lake Worth. Detectives obtained evidence that Richardson had served 26-year-old Dylan Molina, the driver responsible for Cervantes’ death. Additionally, Richardson’s TABC server’s license was expired at the time she served Molina.

Euless Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian stated, “Like most serious alcohol-related crashes, this case has devastated an entire family. Today’s arrest fulfills a commitment we made early on — and that was to fully investigate this senseless crime and hold those responsible accountable.” Molina pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The sale of alcohol to a drunk person is forbidden by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and Richardson is charged with one count of sale to certain persons, a class A misdemeanor which can carry up to 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine. No other arrests are expected in this case, but TABC’s administrative investigation is ongoing.

It is an unfortunate reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving. Let us honor the memory of Detective Alex Cervantes and commit to preventing similar tragedies in the future.