A man is accused of driving on West Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway in the wrong direction and illegally possessing a firearm on Sunday morning, police said. 

According to police, Sebastian Navarette-Ramirez, 26, was booked into Pinal County Jail on suspicion of multiple charges: two counts of misconduct involving weapons, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated DUI and driving with a suspended license. Navarette-Ramirez also had a post-adjudication warrant out for his arrest. 

According to the probable cause statement:  

At about 3:10 a.m., Maricopa Police stopped a vehicle near West Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and North White and Parker Road for driving westbound in the eastbound lane of West Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. The vehicle was reported to be in the incorrect lane of travel for about 200 feet. 

Police contacted Navarette-Ramirez, who was in the driver’s seat. Navarette-Ramirez told officers that there were no weapons in the vehicle, when asked. 

A background check on Navarette-Ramirez revealed that the man had a suspended license as of Dec. 24, 2018, due to failure to stop at a red light. 

Navarette-Ramirez was processed for driving under the influence due to his wrong-way driving and admittance to drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and using methamphetamine. The man provided a Preliminary Breath Test sample of .055, and was placed under arrest for aggravated DUI and driving with a suspended license. 

According to police, during an inventory search of the vehicle officers located a Ruger SR9 firearm with one 9mm round, which officers said was “hidden” under the back seat. A small baggie of marijuana, an empty baggie and two digital scales were found in the center console. 

Navarette-Ramirez was noted by police to be a convicted felon and a prohibited firearms possessor. The man completed a blood draw for the DUI process, and was booked on the five charges and warrant. 

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