DUI Suspect Caught Speeding in Construction Zone

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A DUI suspect was arrested after speeding 110 mph in an Interstate 10 construction zone in west Phoenix.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the incident occurred about 1:40 a.m. on June 10, when a trooper noticed a vehicle speeding through the construction zone on I-10 near 43rd Avenue. DPS says construction workers were in the work zone at that time.

The trooper pursued the vehicle as it was clocked at 110 mph before pulling over at 59th Avenue. 36-year-old driver Gabriel Hernandez appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, according to DPS, and when asked how much he had drank that night, he said “enough.”

Hernandez was driving on a suspended license and had a BAC level of .13 as well as a bag of “Uncle Herb’s cherry drops” in his vehicle, which are cough drops with marijuana in them. DPS officials say Hernandez fell asleep in the patrol vehicle on the way into custody, where he was charged with DUI.

Please visit the official website of the Arizona Department of Public Safety for details.

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