Two City Hall Employees Arrested For Alleged DUIs Over The Weekend
Two L.A. City Hall aides were arrested this past weekend on suspicion of driving while drunk. One allegedly crashed into a bus while the other was driving a city-issued car at the time of his arrest. Fredy Ceja, 36, who works as the communications deputy for Councilman Gil Cedillo, was driving his own car when he crashed into a Metro bus at 6th and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles just after midnight on Saturday morning, the L.A. Times reports. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and his bail has been set at $25,000.
Cedillo issued the following statement regarding Ceja's arrest:
The incident involving Mr. Ceja was off hours and did not involve any City resources, as such it is a personal matter. In regards to his employment, this is a personnel matter and the privacy rights of all employees must be respected. I assure you, this will be handled appropriately once we are aware of all the details.
The Times found that a person with Ceja's name and birth date was arrested in 2003, 2006 and 2009 for allegedly driving under the influence, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 36 months of probation in 2010.
At about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, Fredy Torres, 27, who works as a field deputy for Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, was pulled over while driving a city-issued car near 43rd St. and McKinely Ave. in South L.A. Torres had been running errands earlier that day for work. Torres was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was released around noon after posting $15,000 bail.
Solomon Rivera, Harris-Dawson's Chief of Staff, issued the following statement regarding Torres' arrest, according to CBS Los Angeles:
We've gotten some information from LAPD and have spoken to the employee. We take this very seriously, however, this is still under investigation so we have no further comment.