Wrong-Way Injury Collision On State Route 51, Impairment Suspected

[Photo courtesy AZDPS]

On Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1:48 AM, a three-vehicle injury collision involving a wrong-way driver and two Tempe Police Department (TPD) officers, occurred northbound on State Route (SR) 51 at Indian School Road.

The wrong-way driver, operating a 2018 Chevrolet Corvette, was traveling south in the northbound lanes of SR-51 when he impacted two fully-marked TPD vehicles. A TPD sergeant was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe northbound when the wrong-way driver struck his patrol vehicle head-on. The collision debris then impacted a second TPD vehicle, a Ford Explorer driven by a TPD officer who was traveling behind the TPD sergeant.

The TPD sergeant and officer suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle, identified as a 27-year-old man from Ohio, was also taken to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

AZDPS detectives are leading the investigating and believe impairment is a factor.

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