DPS: Suspected wrong-way driver arrested on aggravated DUI charges

MESA, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- It's something we see hundreds of times every year: wrong-way drivers. Back in 2017, the Department of Public Safety released a study stating that there were nearly 740 wrong-way drivers reported.

Now we're learning more about a man who was arrested after troopers say he was driving the wrong way on the U.S. 60 late Wednesday night.

According to DPS, 66-year-old Edward Sandoval was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes on U.S. 60 from Crimson Road.

You can see in the video that the troopers were able to stop Sandoval in the left emergency lane near Power Road.

He was arrested on aggravated DUI charges and at least 15 counts of endangerment.

While crews managed to stop Sandoval before he hit anyone, there were several close calls along the way.

"It was the scariest driving moment of my life, for sure," said Leslie Morales. She had just left her job at a beauty salon Wednesday night, and then quickly found herself in a hairy situation, with a car heading straight for her.

"It was that split second of, 'oh my god, he's heading right for me'," said Morales.

By the time Morales realized the bright lights were coming right at her, it was almost too late. She swerved to the right, but said the oncoming car was so close, it almost clipped her side mirror. Morales then saw several other cars dodge Sandoval's car, and stopped to call 911.

"I woke up calling all my kids, telling them I had a near-death experience, and I wanted to tell them how much I love them," said Morales.