Wrong-way driver arrested for DUI on I-17 in Phoenix

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The first wrong-way driver of 2018 was stopped by Arizona DPS troopers early Wednesday morning. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) The first wrong-way driver of 2018 was stopped by Arizona DPS troopers early Wednesday morning. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Mug shot of 25-year-old Cleavon Benjamin-Jeremiah Barnes. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Mug shot of 25-year-old Cleavon Benjamin-Jeremiah Barnes. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
According to DPS, troopers pulled over a driver just before 3 a.m. who was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the Interstate 17 near Camelback Road. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) According to DPS, troopers pulled over a driver just before 3 a.m. who was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the Interstate 17 near Camelback Road. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The first wrong-way driver of 2018 was stopped by Arizona DPS troopers early Wednesday morning.

According to DPS, troopers pulled over a driver just before 3 a.m. who was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the Interstate 17 near Camelback Road

DPS was able to pull the driver over before a crash occurred. The driver, identified as 25-year-old Cleavon Benjamin-Jeremiah Barnes, was arrested and charged with DUI and resisting arrest, DPS said.

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The arrest comes just two days after Gov. Doug Ducey announced a crackdown on wrong-way drivers in his State of the State Address

"We're going to zero-in on these criminals with the goal of stopping these accidents and saving lives," Ducey said. 

[READ MORE: Ducey urges lawmakers to crack down on wrong-way drivers]

Ducey said his budget will include $1.4 million for DPS to send more troopers out on night patrol to watch for wrong-way drivers.

Ducey is also asking lawmakers to pass a bill to charge impaired wrong-way drivers with felonies even if they do not cause a deadly crash.

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