PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Phoenix police have arrested a wrong-way driver who hit a police SUV early Friday morning.

It happened near Cactus Road near 26th Street. The wrong-way driver, later identified by police as 22-year-old Dylan Johnson, was heading west in the eastbound lanes of Cactus Road.

Sgt. Fortune Mercedes Fortune said the officer was heading east on Cactus Road just as another driver reported the wrong-way vehicle. That driver was able to get out of the way. 

"Our officer could not react in time. That's when the collision occurred," she said. The officer, who has been with the department for about a year and was alone in the SUV, suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover.

"We very lucky. We're very fortunate that he is with us today," Fortune said. "It could have been so much worse for us."

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Fortune said Johnson is expected to recover, as well. He was arrested and booked for aggravated assault and DUI.

Fortune said the officer involved is recovering and remains hospitalized.

 

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