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Authorities say a wrong-way driver who triggered four crashes on U.S. 60 in Mesa on Memorial Day was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety had not released the name of the driver as of Tuesday morning. He is expected to face multiple charges, including DUI, hit and run, and endangerment.
DPS received “several calls reporting a wrong-way driver” just before 8 p.m. Monday, according to Raul Garcia, an agency spokesman.
The driver was seen traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of U.S. 60 from Mesa Drive to Val Vista Drive before being stopped, Garcia said.
“The callers indicated the wrong-way driver had crashed into four vehicles and continued the wrong way on the U.S. 60,” Garcia said.
One DPS trooper witnessed the wrong-way driver approaching him on the freeway and turned on his siren and emergency lights in an “unsuccessful” attempt to stop the man.
A Mesa police helicopter located the wrong-way driver in the HOV lane near Val Vista Drive. It was there that the driver self corrected by turning around on the freeway, Garcia said.
Troopers surrounded the driver as he attempted to exit the freeway and stopped him nearby,
The collisions were said to be “minor.” It was not clear whether anyone was hurt as of Tuesday morning.
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