Wrong-way driver stopped on SR-87

Photos: MCSO and DPS.
Photos: MCSO and DPS.

Driver Barbara Christine McLaughlin was arrested after driving the wrong way on Arizona SR-87 near Bush Highway Thursday afternoon. DPS Trooper Pedro Rodriguez heroically intentionally caused a crash in order to stop McLaughlin’s 5,000 pound pickup; probably doing her a big favor, because people who drive pickups the wrong way tend to kill people and go to prison (for a long time). Oh, and after the minor collision, McLaughlin tried to drive away (hit and run). Nice. “impairment is suspected” DPS says.

See more on headon crashes.

The exact location wasn’t given; but in that area SR-87 is a divided, but not a controlled-access 65mph posted highway.

There’s no end or no shortage of outrageously dangerous and negligent drivers, just a few days Friday evening (6/17/2016)  DPS also reported on a 3-dead fatal head on wreck on I-10 near Tonopah. The driver who caused the wreck, and is now dead, was fleeing the scene of an earlier collision that he caused. Azcentral.

Here’s a news Story for the SR-87 incident. Miraculously, all the media reports I’ve seen, including the AP, have avoided calling this incident an accident...

DPS: Arizona trooper stopped wrong-way car twice

…Trooper Pedro Rodriguez, responding to a DPS radio broadcast of a wrong-way pickup truck traveling south in the northbound lanes of Arizona State Route 87, intentionally crashed his patrol vehicle into it in a near head-on collision, Department of Public Safety information officer Raul Garcia said in a statement early Friday.

Barbara Christine McLaughlin, 46, of Phoenix, who was driving a red Dodge pickup, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and criminal damage, police said. Impairment has not been ruled out, Garcia said.

Rodriguez and McLaughlin were transported to a hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries. Rodriguez was released from the hospital Thursday.

The crash at 2:12 p.m. Thursday occurred near the Bush Highway, just miles from more heavily populated areas in the northeast Valley, Garcia said.

After the collision, McLaughlin attempted to drive away, and Rodriguez struck the vehicle a second time with his patrol vehicle and stopped the pickup completely, Garcia said…

“The heroic actions taken by Trooper Rodriguez prevented innocent motorists from being injured or killed by this wrong-way driver. This is the level of dedication that our troopers have in working to make Arizona’s highways safe,” Col. Frank Milstead, DPS director, said in a statement commending him.

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