Wrong-Way Driver Sideswipes Tragedy

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Last week, a Valley man drove some 20 miles against oncoming traffic, frightening multiple motorists on Highway 87 before

crashing into two vehicles near Sunflower. Remarkably, all the drivers and passengers escaped injury, said authorities.

Police arrested Bryan Egan, 53, on charges of aggravated DUI, felony endangerment and criminal damage.

The hair-raising incident started at about 8:30 p.m., a motorist spotted Egan’s Jeep SUV heading southbound in the northbound lanes near Rye, according to Sgt. Erik Axlund with the Department of Public Safety. Although drivers occasionally enter on the wrong side of the highway, most quickly realize their mistake and turn.

Not last Wednesday. This time, DPS continued to get multiple calls from drivers reporting Egan’s Jeep on the wrong side of the highway.

As DPS officers from Fountain Hills and Payson raced to catch up with Egan, they received multiple reports of near misses, Axlund said.

At milepost 221, Egan sideswiped an SUV and a sedan. None of the six people in the two vehicles suffered injuries.

“He went quite a ways,” Axlund said.

Police booked Egan into the Maricopa County Jail on six counts of endangerment and aggravated DUI because his license was suspended.

Online court records show Egan pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI in 2009.

Comments

H. Wm. Rhea III 8 months, 2 weeks ago

This is one of those cases where he had better prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law - no plea bargaining! It's a miracle that nobody got hurt, but we shouldn't wait for a tragedy to send a message to drunk drivers. We've already had to many tragedies over millennia due to alcohol.

Drink at home or get a designated driver!

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Pat Randall 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Does anyone know where to get statistics on drunk drivers, careless sober drivers like talking on cell phones, lighting a cigarette, swatting at a kid in the back seat, drinking a soda or eating, picking something up they dropped or just gazing at the country side and all had an accident? I am not defending drunk drivers just wondering what is the difference in the cause of a wreck. Why different penalties? What about cars that malfunction? Is that the drivers fault, the builder of the car, or the car dealer that sold it?

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