ARIZONA: Cesar Limon charged with drug and assault after crashing into Chandler Police officer and cruiser
November 26, 2019
A special report from Chandler Police Department By Detective Seth Tyler
On Sunday, November 24, 2019, around 5 pm, patrol officers were sent to the 200 block of South Kyrene Road for the report of a male slumped over the steering wheel of a running vehicle. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered the vehicle, a white 2017 Subaru, had been reported stolen earlier in the day with 25-year-old Cesar Limon asleep behind the steering wheel.
Limon, who was now awake, was ordered out of the vehicle. Instead, Limon placed the stolen car in drive, accelerated, and struck a parked car. This pinned an officer between the suspect vehicle’s open driver’s side door and the parked vehicle. A second officer attempted to grab Limon and remove him from the vehicle. This was unsuccessful and Limon accelerated a second time and struck a patrol vehicle.
As Limon attempted to shift into reverse, another officer was able to pull the keys out of the ignition. After a brief struggle, Limon was taken into custody. Limon was eventually transported to a local hospital after he went into shock from possible drug ingestion.
On Monday, November 25, 2019, around 8 pm, Limon was released from the hospital and booked into the Chandler/ Gilbert Unified Jail on multiple felony counts to include Theft of Means of Transportation, Resist Arrest, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, and Possession of Narcotic Drugs.
None of the police officers involved required hospitalization.
Traffic Section to Participate in Annual DUI Taskforce
The Chandler Police Department’s Traffic Section will participate in the annual East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force, which begins on Friday, November 29, 2019 and runs through New Year’s Eve. Each night of the Task Force, law enforcement agencies from the entire East Valley partner and patrol a designated geographical area with the mission to remove impaired drivers from the roadway. Funding is provided by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Each night a command post is established by the host jurisdiction for processing. The Chandler Police Department will host the East Valley DUI Task Force on two separate evenings; December 20, 2019 and December 26, 2019. On both nights the command post location will be at 250 E. Chicago Street.
Participating officers are specially trained in DUI detection methods, including the detection of drugs in the human body.
A high percentage of serious injury and fatal collisions involve impaired drivers. While DUI enforcement is traditionally associated with alcohol-impaired drivers, many of today’s impaired drivers are operating vehicles under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs. The tragic results of these collisions – aside from the significant personal and insurance costs related to property damage – include injury and death.
Please remember to always wear your seatbelt and call for a ride when alcohol consumption is part of your holiday celebration.
Please, get home safe.