Man arrested while taking pictures of crash along I-17Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- It's not uncommon for people to slow down to catch a glimpse of a highway accident but one man found out the hard way there is a point when rubber-necking might cross a legal line.
“I'm on the freeway and roads all the time so I pretty much see everything,” said Matt Corradino.
Corradino owns a roadside service company and was working Thursday on I-17 when he saw a terrible accident.
Corradino was southbound when he first started taking pictures then he headed to the northbound side.
According to DPS, Corradino parked illegally and jumped two fences.
“I was looking for a break in the fence, which there is one down there; I just walked through the rocks here just to take pictures of the actual concrete pre-fabricated wall that fell off the truck,” said Corradino.
Corradino takes pictures of accidents all over town and posts them on his company's Facebook page as a warning to his customers and friends. While taking pictures Thursday, he says he was chatting with one officer.
“He didn't tell me I was doing anything wrong he just said be safe.”
But another officer arrested him for criminal trespass which is a misdemeanor.
“I thought maybe just write me a ticket and pull me back off freeway,” said Corradino.
Instead he was booked into the 4th Ave. Jail and released on his own recognizance 18 hours later.
“No pedestrians are supposed to be on the highway system because it is a public safety issue,” said Bart Graves with DPS. “Unless you have business there, your car is broken down or you call for service, there is no reason for you to be there and you will be cited.”