DPS: 3 wrong-way drivers identified following arrests over the weekend

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Mugshots of Pierre Mbuyi Kabanda (L) and Kaelon Marquise Jolivette (R). (Source: MCSO) Mugshots of Pierre Mbuyi Kabanda (L) and Kaelon Marquise Jolivette (R). (Source: MCSO)
Pierre Mbuyi Kabanda, 56 (Source: MCSO) Pierre Mbuyi Kabanda, 56 (Source: MCSO)
Kaelon Marquise Jolivett, 31, (Source: MCSO) Kaelon Marquise Jolivett, 31, (Source: MCSO)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has released the names of the three wrong-way drivers, who were arrested in separate incidents last weekend.

The first incident occurred at around 12:42 a.m. near Southern Avenue and the Loop 101 in Phoenix.

[VIDEO: ADOT's thermal cameras detect two wrong-way drivers]

A DPS trooper observed a vehicle leaving a convenience store parking lot and was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Southern Avenue. The trooper was able to stop the car after it traveled about a quarter-mile the wrong way, according to DPS.

The driver in the first incident was identified as 31-year-old Kaelon Marquise Jolivette. The trooper conducted a DUI investigation and subsequently arrested Jolivette for suspicion of DUI.

[PDF: Jolivette's arrest report]

[RAW VIDEO: Kaelon Jolivette's first court appearance]

[SPECIAL SECTION: Wrong-way drivers in Arizona]

During the second incident, Tinashe Ngwenya 29, was arrested for suspicion of DUI.

A DPS trooper was dispatched to a call of a motorcycle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8 in Yuma just after 2:00 a.m. The trooper located Ngwenya riding a motorcycle on the emergency shoulder, which was facing the wrong way. 

According to DPS, a third incident occurred at 3:17 a.m., when an ADOT thermal camera detected a westbound vehicle was entering eastbound Loop 101 on the 75th Avenue off-ramp. The detection set off an alert at ADOT’s Traffic Operations Center, authorities say. 

A trooper then observed the vehicle was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the L-101 near Union Hills Drive.

The trooper was able to locate the vehicle still traveling southbound near Bell Road.

[VIDEO: Thermal camera detects wrong-way driver at 75th Ave & Loop 101]

After an investigation, the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. That driver was identified as Pierre Mbuyi Kabanda, 56.

[PDF: Kabanda's official arrest report

[RAW VIDEO: Pierre Kabanda's first court appearance]

"The coordination within the TOC (between ADOT and AZDPS) and having a trained AZDPS Trooper in the TOC is invaluable to public safety," DPS spokesman Kameron Lee said in a statement.

"Their immediate coordination and direction to patrol troopers saved time and more importantly, lives," Lee added. 

[VIDEO: Thermal camera detects wrong-way driver at Bell Rd & Loop 101]

Lee stated that not every wrong-way incident reported to DPS is a true wrong-way vehicle.

"All wrong-way incidents reported to us are responded too quickly," he said. "Troopers take all steps necessary to stop the vehicle involved, including putting themselves in the path of the wrong-way vehicles."

Lee added that none of the incidents last Sunday involved a collision.

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