'I can't do that when I'm sober': Wrong-way driver, DUI suspect refuses sobriety test

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Posted at 2:05 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 17:52:43-04

PHOENIX — Department of Public Safety troopers caught a DUI suspect after she was driving the wrong way on Interstate 17 near Anthem.

DPS reports that about 2:15 a.m. on April 25, they received a call from a trucker saying there was a wrong-way driver on I-17 near the Carefree Highway.

Arizona Department of Transportation cameras located the driver, 32-year-old Heather Helcher, on the side of the highway still facing the wrong direction. She allegedly exited the car, then got back inside.

Troopers quickly arrived and detained Helcher, who reportedly admitted to having two drinks at a nearby bar.

During her field sobriety test, Helcher refused to do the one-leg stand, allegedly telling troopers, "I can't do that when I'm sober."

The Anthem resident had a blood-alcohol level of .233, nearly three times the legal limit, according to court records.

Helcher has been charged with aggravated DUI.