Wrong-way driver caught on camera moments before crash on I-17

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- An SUV was caught on camera driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 17 moments before causing a crash over the weekend.

Video obtained by FOX 10 shows the SUV traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-17 just before 2:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.

According to the viewer who sent in the video, the wrong-way driver even flashed a "peace" sign as he sped past him.

Moments after the video was shot, the wrong-way driver crashed into a pair of vehicles near Dunlap.

On Monday afternoon, Quentin Mehr with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) said wrong way sensors at I-17 and Cactus Road were activated by the car at around 2:42 a.m., and troopers were dispatched to the area. When troopers arrived, they found the three-car crash, which caused minor injuries.

The wrong-way driver has since been identified by DPS officials as Ferris S. Thomas. The  29-year-old Buckeye man is facing charges of aggravated DUI and Aggravated Assault.

This wrong-way driver crash was the 23rd of its kind so far this year.

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