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Arizona DPS trooper nearly struck by wrong-way driver on Phoenix freeway

Mar 15, 2018, 2:18 PM
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PHOENIX — An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper was nearly struck by a wrong-way driver on a Phoenix freeway over the weekend, an official said.

Spokesman Quentin Mehr said the trooper was driving in the northbound lanes of State Route 51 near Cactus Road about 4 a.m. Saturday when he was almost hit head-on by 32-year-old Michael Murrell.

Mehr said the trooper was forced to swerve around the allegedly southbound Murrell, who was using one of the inside lanes.

After the near-miss, the trooper was able to pull Murrell over near Northern Avenue.

Murrell was charged with DUI. Other charges were pending.

The trooper’s name was not released.

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