- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say a trooper purposefully crashed into a wrong-way driver on a highway outside of Phoenix.

They say 10-year DPS veteran Pedro Rodriguez crashed into the wrong-way driver’s pickup truck about 2 p.m. Thursday on State Route 87 near the Bush Highway.

DPS officials believe the wrong-way driver was impaired.

They say the woman tried to drive away from the scene after the first impact, but Rodriguez struck her truck with his patrol vehicle again and stopped it completely.

Rodriguez and the woman were taken by ground ambulance to hospitals for treatment of minor to moderate injuries. The woman’s name wasn’t released.

State DPS Director Frank Milstead called Rodriguez’s actions heroic and says the trooper prevented other motorists from being injured by the wrong-way driver.

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