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Mesa policeman OK after being hit by wrong-way driver

MESA, Ariz. — Police in Mesa said a motorcycle officer is recovering after
being hit by a wrong-way driver.

Police said 47-year-old Jose Valdez is being held on suspicion of
endangerment, unlawful flight from law enforcement and leaving the scene of an
injury collision Thursday night.

Police said DUI charges are pending blood test results, but that a preliminary breath test showed Valdez had a blood-alcohol level of
.205 percent. That’s well above Arizona’s legal limit of .08 percent for
operating a vehicle.

He left the scene but was arrested at a gas station.

The unidentified officer was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

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