Wrong-way driver identified after colliding with several vehicles on U.S. 60

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Trent Walker was arrested after colliding with several vehicles while traveling the wrong way. (Source: MCSO/Arizona Department of Public Safety) Trent Walker was arrested after colliding with several vehicles while traveling the wrong way. (Source: MCSO/Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Trent Walker, 32. (Source: MCSO) Trent Walker, 32. (Source: MCSO)
Troopers were able to surround the vehicle near Val Vista. (Source: ADOT/DPS) Troopers were able to surround the vehicle near Val Vista. (Source: ADOT/DPS)
Trent Walker's vehicle after several collisions. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Trent Walker's vehicle after several collisions. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Impairment appears to be a factor. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Impairment appears to be a factor. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Arizona Department of Public Safety identified the wrong-way driver who was arrested after several collisions on the U.S. 60 as 32-year-old Trent Walker.

According to court documents, Walker admitted to consuming 15 to 20 gel tablets of cough medicine when he crashed into five vehicles while heading east in the westbound lanes of the U.S. 60 on Monday, May 29. In addition, police found several empty cough medicine bottles in his vehicle.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Wrong-way driver arrested on U.S. 60 off-ramp; impairment suspected]

During the incident, one trooper attempted to stop Walker as he was heading the wrong way but was unsuccessful.

Walker traveled roughly 7 miles at "freeway speeds" in the HOV lane.

[PDF: Original police report on Trent Walker]

[SPECIAL SECTION: Wrong-way drivers]

Troopers were able to surround him after he got off the freeway, in the right direction, at Val Vista Drive. He was arrested and impairment appears to be a factor.

Court documents said Walker advised police during his interview that he knew he was driving the vehicle the wrong direction.

Walker faces 13 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, five counts of criminal damage, one count of DUI and five counts of failure to stay at an accident. His bond was set at $50,000.

During his initial court appearance, one of the victims involved in the incident pleaded with the judge for Walker to not be granted bond.

"We were inches from actually crashing into him and that in itself is an emotional trauma," the victim said. "If we were going to crash into each other, that would lead to death or fatal consequences." 

"He is not safe and he shouldn't be out in society placing others in danger," the victim continued.

[RAW VIDEO: Trent Walker's initial court appearance]

[RAW VIDEO: Troopers arrest suspected wrong-way driver on U.S. 60 off-ramp]

Only minor injuries were reported.

Walker was taken to Banner Gateway, treated and released before being booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.

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