DPS officers arrest wrong-way driver on SR 202 - Tucson News Now

DPS officers arrest wrong-way driver on SR 202

MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

A wrong-way driver has been arrested after driving more than five miles in the wrong direction on State Route 202 in the East Valley early Thursday morning.

The Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia said they received the first 911 call at 3:39 a.m. reporting a person passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle on Alma School near the San Tan Loop 202. The caller said the traffic lights had cycled twice and the driver did not move.

DPS officers responded and at 3:41 a.m., the suspect was heading eastbound along San Tan 202 in westbound traffic from Alma School.

Two minutes later, a DPS officer saw the driver traveling head-on toward him near Lindsey Road.

A DPS detective brought traffic to a stop near the Val Vista overpass, but the wrong-way driver continued on, Garcia said.

A second DPS officer deployed stop sticks and flattened the front right tire, but the vehicle continued. It finally came to a stop before going head-on with the DPS detective.

Shawna Ray Bedonie, 24, of Indian Wells, AZ, was arrested.

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