A dash cam captured an Arizona Department of Public Safety sergeant creating a traffic break moments before a wrong-way driver, Patricia Rose Carvalho, age 32, collided head-on with his patrol vehicle on I-40.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., November 8, AZDPS began receiving calls reporting a reckless driver in a Nissan Rogue traveling along I-40 near Flagstaff on the sidewalk and nearly striking several vehicles. A trooper located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The driver then fled the wrong way, traveling east within the westbound traffic lanes of I-40.
The AZDPS sergeant responding to the call entered the westbound lanes of I-40 and quickly began a traffic break to stop westbound traffic. Immediately after the vehicles came to a stop for the traffic break, the wrong-way driver struck the sergeant’s stopped patrol vehicle head-on. The sergeant’s swift actions prevented a high-speed collision between the motorists and the wrong-way vehicle.
The sergeant and the impaired wrong-way driver were both injured. The wrong-way driver’s two-year-old daughter was in the backseat of the vehicle and was not physically hurt. The sergeant was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center where he was treated and released for minor injuries. Carvalho, of Los Ranchos, New Mexico, was admitted for non-life-threatening injuries.