Wrong-Way Driver from California Pleads Guilty


A California man has pled guilty to aggravated DUI after he allegedly drove the wrong way on the Loop 202.

37-year-old Steven Michael Telles pled guilty to the charge of aggravated DUI in May, and he agreed to serve four months behind bars before being placed on supervised probation.

The incident occurred just after midnight on November 16, 2018 according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Officers received several calls concerning a vehicle traveling the wrong-way on the Loop 202 San Tan Freeway near Kyrene Road. Arizona Department of Transportation officials used freeway cameras to spot the vehicle heading eastbound in the westbound lanes.

DPS troopers and Chandler Police officers stopped the vehicle in the freeway’s HOV lane close to Dobson Road, when they found two open containers of beer in the vehicle.

Telles refused a blood test, telling officers Arizona laws didn’t apply to him because he was a driver from California. Officers say Telles was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest.

Telles is scheduled to be formally sentenced next month.

For more information, please visit the official website/Facebook page of AZDPS.


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