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.