SPRING, Texas -- There could soon be new charges in the case of a woman convicted of killing two people while driving drunk down I-45 near Conroe.
The Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission is looking to hold another person accountable, and issued a warrant in Montgomery County for a friend who allegedly served her.
They say Nicole Baukus, 24, had 21 drinks the night she got behind the wheel and that Kambiz Michael Duran, 29, was responsible for serving some of the final ones.
They will not have to search far to find him, either. He is currently being held in the Harris County Jail in connection to a crime that happened at his home in December.
Firefighters were called at the time to an explosion in the 3000 block of Tall Tree Ridge Way in Spring. When they arrived, they found marijuana, glass tubes and butane containers inside. They believe the materials were being used to convert the marijuana into a liquid form called ‘ear wax.’
Neighbors said Duran immediately fled the scene that night and has not been seen since.
In April, he was arrested in Montgomery County and later convicted for the attempted manufacture of a controlled substance.
“It’s sad, it’s really sad,” neighbor Stacy Baker said. “Not shocking, but sad.”
The law in Texas allows for prosecution if someone provides alcohol to a person who is intoxicated, even if they are not a server and did not know that person was drunk.
“It’s unusual, there’s not many cases across the country. But it’s another weapon in the arsenal against the drunk driver,” KHOU legal expert Dr. Gerald Treece said.
He points out, though, that there could be a possible loophole in this case.
“There has to be an intent requirement,” he said.
On Friday a jury sentenced Baukus to 38 years in prison. Her crash took the life of 19-year-old Nicole Adams and 18-year-old Travis Sanders. A third person in the car, 21-year-old David Porras, was critically injured.