Wrong-way driver from California who said Arizona laws don't apply to him, pleads guilty

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 17:34:38-04

CHANDLER, AZ — A California man who allegedly said Arizona laws don't apply to him during a stop, has now pled guilty to aggravated DUI, after he was allegedly caught driving the wrong way on the Loop 202.

Steven Michael Telles, 37, pled guilty last month to aggravated DUI. He agreed to serve four months in prison and then be placed on supervised probation.

DPS says that just after midnight on November 16, 2018, they received multiple calls regarding a wrong-way driver on the Loop 202 San Tan Freeway near Kyrene Road.

Officials at ADOT saw a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes in the area, utilizing freeway cameras.

DPS troopers and Chandler police officers stopped the car in the HOV lane of the freeway, near Dobson Road. Officers say they found two open containers of beer in the vehicle.

Telles refused to have his blood tested, saying that Arizona laws don't apply to him because he is a California driver. Officers say Telles was also wearing an ankle monitor at the time but refused to say which agency placed it on him.

Telles is scheduled to be formally sentenced on August 9.