The Arizona Department of Public Safety is searching for a wrong way driver who nearly caused a motor vehicle accident when they nearly hit a police vehicle head-on while driving on State Route 85 near Buckeye. The wrong way driver was headed southbound in the northbound lanes when the vehicle nearly smashed into a Buckeye police officer head-on.
Three People Ran From Car
DPS spokesman Carrick Cook said the car eventually stopped. When it did three people ran from the vehicle. DPS officers are coordinating a search with Buckeye police, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and a K-9 unit from the Goodyear Police Department.
Wrong Way Driving in Arizona
Wrong way driving in Arizona seems to be on the rise as of late. Recently, three fatal crashes caused by wrong-way drivers have claimed the lines of seven people – including an off-duty police officer. The string of accidents is a tragic coincidence that even law enforcement officers and investigators are struggling to deal with, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia. When he spoke recently about the recent wrong-way accidents, Garcia had this to say; “Most wrong-way incidents usually take place in the late night or early morning hours. Staying off the roads during those hours is one way to decrease the chance of a wrong-way encounter.
Police Scramble to Stop Wrong Way Drivers
In two of the recent accidents, multiple patrol vehicles and officers have scrambled to stop the wrong-way drivers. Officer Carrick Cook, a Department of Public Safety spokesman said, authorities try to intercept wrong-way drivers with stop sticks or by ramming their vehicles. He went on to say, “There is no existing protocol that would be outside of just trying to get ahead of the vehicle.”
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