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DPS: Woman in DUI crash was suspect in deadly July wrong-way crash

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 17:30:20-05

PHOENIX — A woman arrested last week in a DUI crash in north Phoenix was on pre-trial release from a DUI second-degree murder charge last July.

The Department of Public Safety reports that on Feb. 14, about 6:30 p.m., they responded to a collision on the Union Hills Drive off-ramp of northbound I-17.

There they found a vehicle had crashed into the back of another car. The driver of the second car, Delilah Castillo, 22, was allegedly attempting to flee by pushing her car into the intersection. DPS says the first car was severely damaged and unable to move.

When asked if she had been drinking, Castillo reportedly responded, "in New Mexico." Court records show that Castillo took a preliminary breath test that registered a .214 blood alcohol level.

Court records show that Castillo was on pre-trial release on charges of second-degree murder.

On July 30, around 11:30 p.m., DPS received several calls reporting a wrong-way driver on Loop 101 near Thunderbird Road. DPS responded to a crash involving the wrong-way car, driven by Castillo.

Her car hit another car head-on, killing the driver, identified as LaiQuan Lemon of Goodyear. The victim's car was thrown into another vehicle, causing damage but no injuries. DPS reports that four other drivers had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by Castillo. Castillo was extricated from her car and transported to a local hospital with multiple leg injuries.

Court records show that she admitted to DPS that she "consumed a Sake Bomb before driving home."

Castillo is currently being held without bond on charges of endangerment and extreme DUI.