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Police stop wrong-way driver on Phoenix-area freeway

Posted at 11:08 AM, Jan 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-12 13:28:42-05

A Phoenix Police officer helped stop a wrong-way driver along the Loop 101 in Scottsdale early Friday morning. 

The driver was first spotted headed northbound in the southbound lanes near SR-51 and Greenway Road around 2 a.m. Shortly after, he was caught on an Arizona Department of Transportation camera going eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Loop 101 near Scottsdale Road. 

At first, the officer on a motorcycle wasn't able to get his attention. After a short drive, the officer finally got him to pull over. Department of Transportation officials showed up, and the driver was put through a sobriety test. Moments later he was hauled away in handcuffs. 

Fortunately, no collisions were reported, and there were no injuries during the incident. 

Phoenix police said the 53-year-old driver was processed for DUI and issued citations, but was not booked into jail.