- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - The state Department of Public Safety says officers successfully stopped a wrong-way driver on a Mesa freeway early Thursday morning.

The DPS says it received several 911 calls about the wrong-way driver traveling eastbound in westbound lanes of State Route 202. The first caller reported seeing a driver passed out behind the wheel of a car stopped at an intersection near the freeway.

Several DPS officers tried to stop the vehicle on the freeway, and one deployed stock sticks that flattened one tire of the wrong-way vehicle.

However, the DPS says the vehicle kept going for a ways before finally stopping just before going head-on with a DPS detective about five miles from where the vehicle apparently got on the 202.

The DPS says officers arrested the 24-year-old driver.

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