On January 9, Jesus Ceja, age 56, was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence. Ceja has been convicted for driving under the influence five times.
Ceja was prosecuted under HB2243, the Arizona law that charges an impaired wrong-way driver on the highway with a felony.
On August 3, 2018 police received a 911 call about a man driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes of the US 60 near Crismon Road and almost colliding with another car. Officers attempted to get the driver, later identified as Jesus Ceja, to stop by blocking his vehicle’s path. However, after stopping the defendant attempted to back up and keep driving and officers had to command him to stop.
When interviewed Ceja admitted to drinking four beers but said that was not too much. He was found to have a blood alcohol content of more than twice the limit.