SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A wrong-way driver who traveled roughly 12 miles before he was finally stopped by authorities in Tempe early Thursday morning had a blood alcohol content of more than 0.20 and nearly hit two state troopers, according to court documents.
The wrong-way driver, identified as 40-year-old Kevin Staab, was first spotted at the Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. He was traveling south in the northbound lanes, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.
Staab, a Scottsdale resident, drove approximately 12 miles before the Salt River Police Department stopped him near the Loop 101 and Apache Boulevard. According to court documents, Staab nearly hit two DPS troopers. One of them "had to take evasive action to keep from being struck," explains the probable cause for arrest statement.
Stabb refused to take a field sobriety test, police said, but later agreed to a breath test and to have his blood drawn. According to court documents, Staab blew a 0.229 and a 0.212 within two hours of being stopped. The lab results are not back yet.
The preliminary breath tests put Staab in the legal category of super extreme DUI. Arizona law breaks down levels of DUI into three main classes.
• DUI - 0.08+
• Extreme DUI - 0.15+
• Super extreme DUI - 0.2+
Staab's court documents do not list any previous offenses.
Staab was arrested and is facing charges of aggravated DUI and endangerment. He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail and later released on his own recognizance.
He is due back in court for a status conference on Dec. 5, and then a preliminary hearing on Dec. 11.