Police, DPS nab wrong-way driver on Scottsdale freeway

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 25 at 6:10 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A woman is in custody after driving the wrong way on Loop 101 and refusing to stop for police early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 2 a.m., Phoenix police received a call about a possible drunk driver. A short time later, an officer spotted a woman driving a truck the wrong direction on the 101 at Cave Creek Road. The truck was going east in the westbound lanes.

The Department of Public Safety and the Scottsdale Police Department controlled traffic flow on the freeway while Phoenix officers pursued the truck. After deploying stop sticks, DPS performed a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver to stop the driver.

A witness caught it all on video with his cell phone.

"Down in the distance, I noticed that there were some police lights and a pair of headlights coming at me," Mustafa Samli said.

Samli said officers boxed in the truck with their vehicles and then took the driver into custody in very short order.

"It was very quick," he said. "Once they boxed him in, they were able to get him out and subdue him very efficiently and very quickly."

It's believed that the truck officers stopped belongs to a Phoenix-based roofing company.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the driver has been identified as Amber Nevel, 42. She will likely face charges of DUI, endangerment, unlawful flight and criminal damage.

Nevel did not hit anyone as she fled from officers, and no injuries were reported.

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