Texas Sheriff’s Corporal Arrested in Connection with Riverside Fatal Crash

Connor Forbes
Connor Forbes
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Giovanni Ceja. Bexar County Texas Sheriff’s Office

Texas Sheriff’s Corporal

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A former Texas sheriff’s corporal was in custody Wednesday awaiting extradition to California in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Riverside that killed a man who was trying to put gas in his pickup on the shoulder of Interstate 215.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Giovanni Ceja, 31, of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested without incident Monday by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department on an arrest warrant issued in Riverside County. Ceja is being held on suspicion of murder, manslaughter with gross intoxication, felony driving under the influence causing injury and felony hit and run.

Ceja was a detention corporal with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department, but he resigned upon his arrest, Sheriff Javier Salazar told reporters in Texas. He said Ceja was vacationing in California and had borrowed a vehicle from a relative when the Aug. 7 crash occurred, adding that Ceja drank “a significant amount of alcohol” before getting behind the wheel.

The crash occurred around 1:45 a.m. Aug. 7 on the southbound Moreno Valley (215) Freeway south of state Route 91.

According to investigators, 38-year-old Gilberto Sotelo of Lake Elsinore was putting gasoline into his disabled Chevrolet Silverado on the right shoulder when a Honda Ridgeline struck him and the Chevrolet.

Sotelo was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.

The driver who struck him left the scene and continued southbound on I- 215, CHP officials said.

On Aug. 9, the Honda the suspect was driving was found at a repair facility in Riverside, and was taken into CHP evidence.

Texas Sheriff's Corporal. Giovanni Cena
Giovanni Ceja. Bexar County Texas Sheriff’s Office

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