Long Beach bar loses liquor license after an investigation into a fatal crash revealed the bar was involved in illegal drug sales
Long Beach, California – A bar in Long Beach has had its liquor license revoked. This is the same bar where a man who reportedly killed a father and his young daughter with his vehicle had consumed alcohol before the crash.
The Bottom’s Up Tavern, located on East Artesia Boulevard, is ordered to cease all alcohol sales effective immediately by the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.
An investigation revealed that the bar was involved in the illegal selling of drugs, according to authorities.
The state agency said the bar’s owner signed an agreement accepting the penalty. The license must be transferred within 180 days to a new owner at a new location outside the city of Long Beach.
In the month of March, a drunk motorist who had just left the bar and was driving too fast crashed into an apartment, killing a man named Jose Palacios Gonzalez, age 42, as well as his daughter Samantha. The victims were both sleeping at the time.
The driver, 24-year-old Octavio Montano Islas, is still on the loose and anyone with information on the suspect is eligible for a $25,000 reward.