PHOENIX -- Department of Public Safety spokesman Carrick Cook said the wrong-way driver who hit and killed an off-duty Mesa police officer Monday morning drove a "surprising distance" before the collision.
"That driver then drove the wrong way for 35 miles before he crashed into Officer Mendoza," he said. "We tried to ram that vehicle at the 51 and Thomas. That was the only chance we had. We were stretched thin that night. We did the best we could. We tried to intervene."