Collaboration by AZDPS Troopers effectively stops wrong way driver who now faces criminal charges
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – 5:15pm
– For Immediate Release –

Phoenix — During the morning rush hour on July 18th, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) received reports of a wrong-way red pickup truck traveling eastbound within the westbound traffic lanes of I-10 at milepost 158, near Elliot Road. Quick decision making, cohesive efforts, and teamwork by AZDPS troopers effectively stopped this wrong way driver.

An AZDPS sergeant on his morning commute observed the wrong-way pickup truck and immediately acted. Sergeant Matthew Kunda activated lights and sirens and began coordinating with troopers in the Arizona Department of Transportation Traffic Operations Center who effectively relayed the movements of the wrong way driver to responders in the field. As the pick-up truck transitioned wrong-way onto the eastbound Loop 202 San Tan freeway at about 50 mph, Trooper Jordan Stevens conducted a traffic break to slow down westbound traffic, while Sergeant Kunda deployed a police intervention technique with his unmarked sport utility patrol vehicle and effectively stopped the wrong-way driver.

The driver, 73-year-old Richard Elliott of Phoenix was booked on two counts of ARS 13-1201: felony endangerment. Impairment has not been ruled out.

“The quick actions of Sergeant Kunda, and the collaboration between troopers in the field and in the Traffic Operations Center, no doubt, saved lives today. Wrong way driving incidents are fast, dynamic, and extremely dangerous. Also, considering this incident occurred during morning rush hour traffic, the end result could’ve been deadly had it not been for the decisiveness and bravery of our AZDPS sergeant and Highway Patrol troopers,” said AZDPS Director, Colonel Frank Milstead.

Contact Us: 
Your Account

Create or login to your account to enjoy discounts and rewards.

Share This
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop
      Calculate Shipping
      Apply Coupon
      Available Coupons
      admin20 Get $20.00 off $20 off your cart total.
      adminpromo Get 100% off Free item offered by the administrator
      Unavailable Coupons
      adminsubscriptionretiredfirstpayment Get $120.00 off First payment of retired subscription when paid and added manually.
      cabinfreeweek Get $315.00 off A free week (7 days) at the associated cabin in one contiguous stay at the time of your choice.
      freebassentry Get 100% off
      golfsponsor Get 100% off Free admission to the tournament with a golf sponsorship.
      jh$25 Get $25.00 off Jonathon Hall reimbursement for shirt he purchased that was too small.
      ldf1month Get $13.00 off Prorate an LDF membership for 1 month discount
      ntcvendorcomp Get 100% off This coupon entitles the user to a free vendor table at the NTC conference.
      retired10 Get $10.00 off
      retired60 Get $60.00 off This discounts your current year renewal $60 since you already pre-paid $60 towards your renewal for this year.
      spmtc Get 20% off Special 20% Off all Motor T's for a limited time!