NEW RIVER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Authorities had to use spike strips to stop an alleged wrong-way driver on Interstate 17 north of Phoenix early Monday morning.

The driver has been identified as Andrew Michael White, 28, of Holly, Michigan.

[WATCH: 'We are all so grateful that it didn't end up in a crash, in a fatality, in a death,' trooper says]

The vehicle was reportedly heading southbound in the northbound lanes of I-17 near milepost 271 just before 2 a.m.

[WATCH: Wrong-way driver stopped with spikes on I-17, DPS says]

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said a deputy for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office was in the area and paralleled the wrong-way vehicle.

"There was no way he could get over to intercept it because of the terrain,"said Trooper Kameron Lee with DPS. 

Several units, including the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, responded to the wrong-way driver on I-17 north of New River.

DPS says the vehicle drove the wrong way for approximately 37 miles before spikes in the road finally forced him to stop.

Once the vehicle was stopped near milepost 234, White and his passenger were taken into custody.

He reportedly told troopers he was coming from the Cardinals game.

According to court documents, the trooper noticed that "White had bloodshot, watery eyes," and stated that he could "smell the strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath."

Officials say White refused standard sobriety tests, and a warrant had to be issued for a blood draw.

White faces one felony count of aggravated DUI/wrong way driving.

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No collisions occurred and no one was injured.

"I'm sure he passed some cars that thought, 'What the heck is going on?'" Lee said. "But this is one of those instances where we are all so grateful that it didn't end up in a crash, in a fatality, in a death."

White was released on his own recognizance. He is due to appear in court Sept. 23.


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