Trooper, wrong-way driver hurt in crash on SR 85 near Buckeye

Joshua Allen, 40, was arrested on felony charges including aggravated DUI.
Joshua Allen, 40, was arrested on felony charges including aggravated DUI.(Arizona's Family/Buckeye Police Dept.)
Published: Jun. 9, 2023 at 7:45 AM MST|Updated: Jun. 9, 2023 at 12:56 PM MST
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BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper was hurt after colliding with a wrong-way car Thursday night near Buckeye. The other driver, since identified as 40-year-old Joshua Allen, was also injured in the crash and has since been arrested.

It began around 10 p.m. as troopers and Buckeye police officers were searching for a reported wrong-way driver heading south in the northbound lanes of State Route 85 near milepost 150. The car was spotted near milepost 141 and ended up hitting a Buckeye police cruiser and a DPS SUV before coming to a stop. The trooper and Allen were taken to a hospital, but the Buckeye officer wasn’t hurt.

A DPS spokesperson says the trooper was treated for minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital. Allen has also been released from the hospital and booked into the Maricopa County jail on felony charges including aggravated DUI, aggravated assault and endangerment.

The northbound lanes of SR 85 were restricted during the investigation but have since reopened.

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