Wrong Way Driver Charged with DUI, Stopped in Time

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A suspected wrong-way driver has been taken into custody in Phoenix.

The driver has been identified as 53-year-old Richard A. Stuverud.

Phoenix police found him early Wednesday morning around 3 a.m. near SR 51 and Greenway Road. His vehicle was stopped on the shoulder next to the HOV lane.

Officers responded to that area after police received multiple calls from other drivers about a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound HOV lanes of the freeway.

Stuverud was detained and displayed symptoms of intoxication during a conversation with officers, according to police. 

He was arrested and booked for extreme DUI. There were no other occupants in the car and no collisions occurred.

The investigation surrounding this incident remains ongoing.

Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 


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