Wrong-way driver arrested on Loop 101 in Scottsdale

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A 26-year-old woman believed to be impaired was arrested after driving the wrong way on the Loop 101 Pima Freeway in Scottsdale early Monday morning.

Scottsdale police said they received numerous 911 calls regarding a wrong-way driver around 2 a.m.

Sgt. Ben Hoster said the driver was spotted going north in the southbound lanes of Loop 101 near Shea Boulevard and officers blocked all southbound on-ramps to the freeway.

Police soon received calls that the vehicle had changed direction and was southbound in the northbound lanes near Via de Ventura. Officers then blocked all northbound on-ramps.

The vehicle then exited the freeway at Via de Ventura and re-entered northbound in the southbound lanes.

Police closed the southbound lanes at Raintree Drive and deployed stop sticks as the suspect vehicle was traveling north in the southbound HOV lane. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver was detained.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers assumed the investigation and took the driver into custody. Her name has not been released.

The freeway and all impacted on-ramps were reopened by 2:25 a.m.

No crashes or injuries were reported.

There have been several wrong-way incidents on Valley freeways over the past several months, including one that killed an off-duty Mesa police officer.

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