Woman sentenced for DUI after driving 40 miles in wrong direction on I-15

5th District Courthouse, St. George, Utah, date not specified | File photo, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A Cedar City woman was sentenced Wednesday for DUI after spending 18 days in jail for driving 40 miles in the wrong direction on Interstate 15 in May.

Alicia Monroy, 35, of Cedar City, was sentenced in 5th District Court after pleading guilty to DUI, a Class A misdemeanor and one count of causing an accident involving property damage.

She was sentenced to 18 months of probation, which was set up prior to going to court, and must complete an alcohol/drug evaluation and pay a $1,500 fine.

Judge G. Michael Westfall also ordered Monroy released from custody. She has been incarcerated since her arrest May 28 and was credited for the 18 days she was in custody.

The charges stem from an incident May 28 when police were called out at 3 a.m. on a report that a red Ford Windstar minivan was driving south on the northbound side of I-15, forcing one vehicle off the road and crashing into a barrier in Iron County.

Alicia Monroy of Cedar City, booking photo posted in Washington County, Utah, May 29, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Read more: Driver travels 40 miles in wrong direction on I-15, runs another vehicle off the road

“She was intoxicated, and she started coming southbound in the northbound lanes from somewhere in Iron County,” UHP Sgt. Larry Mower told St. George News in May. “I’m not exactly sure where.”

The van was finally stopped after Washington County Sheriff’s deputies laid road spikes near Exit 16 that punctured the minivan’s tires.

Troopers found an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and determined that Monroy was intoxicated. According to charging documents she had a blood alcohol level of .191, nearly four times the legal limit.

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