FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Authorities say a wrong-way driver's 2-year-old daughter was in the car when she collided with an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper near Flagstaff.
According to DPS, 32-year-old Patricia Rose Carvalho of Los Ranchos, New Mexico nearly hit several other vehicles while she was driving on the sidewalk on Milton Road near Flagstaff on November 17.
When a trooper attempted to pull her over, she sped away in the wrong direction, traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40.
A DPS sergeant responding to the call entered the westbound lanes of I-40 and quickly began a traffic break to stop all traffic.
After all other vehicles came to a stop, the Carvalho's vehicle struck the sergeant's stopped patrol vehicle head-on.
WATCH: @arizonadps released this footage of a wrong-way driver colliding with a trooper on the I-40. Driver had 2-year-old in backseat, is now facing a charge of attempted homicide. #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/1fXMj1fZOC— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) November 30, 2018
“The video taken by another motorist, whose life may have been saved by the actions of this heroic sergeant, tells the true story of what happened," said Col. Frank Milstead, AZDPS director. "Sadly, it’s a stark reminder of the risks that impaired drivers pose to the public and to our troopers, who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to stop them.”
The sergeant and Carvalho were both injured. Carvalho's 2-year-old daughter was sitting in the backseat of her car and was not hurt.
The DPS sergeant was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for minor injuries.
Carvalho suffered non-life threatening injuries and was booked into jail on charges of attempted second-degree homicide, aggravated assault, endangerment, aggravated DUI and child abuse.
Carvalho's 2-year-old daughter was placed in DCS custody.