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Man accused of driving wrong way on US 60 facing 13 aggravated assault charges

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — A man accused of driving the wrong way on U.S. 60 on Memorial Day was charged with 13 counts of aggravated assault and other charges, court documents showed.

Trent Sanford Walker, 32, allegedly drove eastbound in the westbound lanes of U.S. 60. He entered the freeway at Country Club Drive and turned around to exit at Val Vista Drive, where he was stopped by law enforcement.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to stop Walker earlier in the chase, but Walker allegedly evaded the trooper.

A Mesa police helicopter responded to the call and located Walker, who was driving at “freeway speeds” in the HOV lane.

Walker was accused of hitting at least five other cars while driving the wrong way. He told police he knew he was on the wrong side of the road.

Walker also told police he had consumed 15 to 20 tablets of dextromethophan cough medicine before driving. The drug can have sedative, dissociative and stimulant effects if enough of it is consumed.

In addition to the 13 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Walker was charged with five counts of criminal damage, five counts of failure to stay at the scene of an accident and one count of DUI.

No one was seriously injured in any of the collisions.

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