DPS: Wrong-way driver suspected of DUI blamed cold medicine

Cold medicine? maybe, just maybe plain-old drunk. We’ll see. Interesting comment about victim’s rights, and appearing in court

A total of 13 people requested victim’s rights due to the driver using his vehicle as a deadly instrument… During Walker’s initial appearance, one of the alleged victims addressed the judge.
“We were inches from actually crashing into him, and that in itself is an emotional trauma,” the man said. “He’s not safe and he shouldn’t be out in society placing others in danger.”

It’s good to see ordinary people stick up for their rights and hopefully hold dangerous drivers responsible for their actions.


Despite all the hoopla surrounding wrong-way crashes “Wrong-way collisions are not a new phenomenon and statistically remain unchanged year over year in Arizona.”, nevertheless Gov Ducey wants action. It’s nice to focus attention on traffic safety but perhaps attention could be better focused on the vast majority of traffic fatalities and injuries that don’t involve a wrong-way driver?

The majority of WW crashes involve a driver driving impaired by alchohol, some others are impaired by drugs, a good chunk are said to be confused (cognitively impaired). See ADOT report SPR-741.

According to Table 3, there have been an average of 8 confirmed WW fatalities per year from 2004-2014 in Arizona. Over the same period, NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY ONE people were killed each year in Arizona.

 

 

DPS: Wrong-way driver suspected of DUI blamed cold medicine

A wrong-way driver who was suspected of being impaired when he crashed into five oncoming vehicles told troopers he had taken too much cold medicine, court records show.

Trent S. Walker, 32, admitted to consuming 15 to 20 gel tablets of cough medicine at one time after being arrested Monday night in Mesa, according to a probable-cause statement released Wednesday.

The warning label on the cough medicine advised consumers not to take more than eight pills within a 24-hour period.

Authorities are awaiting results from Walker’s blood test.

DPS said the Mesa man was taken to Banner Gateway for treatment following arrest, and then booked into a Maricopa County jail.

DPS received several calls reporting a wrong-way driver on U.S. 60 just before 8 p.m. Monday, according to Raul Garcia, an agency spokesman.

The arrest was made after a DPS trooper witnessed the wrong-way driver on the freeway and attempted to stop him by turning on his sirens and emergency lights.

The driver, who had been on the freeway for about seven miles, turned around and started driving with the flow of traffic near Val Vista Drive, officials said. Troopers surrounded the driver as he attempted to exit the freeway and stopped him nearby.

Authorities say the wrong-way driver caused five separate collisions, none of which resulted in injuries, and kept going.

A total of 13 people requested victim’s rights due to the driver using his vehicle as a deadly instrument, according to the DPS.

A search warrant was issued on Monday night to seize two tubes of blood from Walker at Banner Gateway Medical Center.

Charges have not yet been filed, but Walker is being held on suspicion of crimes including hit-and-run and DUI. A judge set his bond at $50,000.

During Walker’s initial appearance, one of the alleged victims addressed the judge.

“We were inches from actually crashing into him, and that in itself is an emotional trauma,” the man said. “He’s not safe and he shouldn’t be out in society placing others in danger.”

One thought on “DPS: Wrong-way driver suspected of DUI blamed cold medicine”

  1. Off-topic a bit, but the former journalist in me can’t resist. The reporter writes:

    “Trent S. Walker, 32, admitted to consuming 15 to 20 gel tablets of cough medicine at one time after being arrested Monday night in Mesa, according to a probable-cause statement released Wednesday. ”

    So why did the troopers let him take 15 gel tablets after they arrested him? I think the reporter meant:

    “After being arrested Monday night in Mesa, Trent S. Walker, 32, admitted to consuming 15 to 20 gel tablets of cough medicine at one time, according to a probable-cause statement released Wednesday.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *