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DPS trooper stops 17-year-old wrong-way driver on Loop 202, arrested for DUI

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Posted at 8:59 AM, Jan 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-31 17:21:37-05

MESA, AZ — A 17-year-old is facing charges after driving the wrong way on a Valley freeway Sunday morning.

Just after 8:30 a.m., a trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) used their patrol vehicle to stop the female driver of a black car that was traveling the wrong way.

The car was stopped on Loop 202 westbound at Loop 101, in the Mesa area. The teen driver was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes, according to DPS.

The DPS trooper was taken to a hospital and later released, after suffering minor neck and back injuries when his car came in contact with the vehicle.

The driver was arrested but has not been named because they are a juvenile, DPS says.

Officials say the teen was initially arrested for aggravated DUI, however official charges haven't been announced.

Last Friday, a driver was arrested after going the wrong way on Loop 303 and causing a deadly crash near Bethany Home Road.

Fabian Javier Grimaldo, 21, was booked into jail on two charges of homicide.