Arizona trooper used SUV to stop wrong-way driver

Arizona trooper used SUV to stop wrong-way driver

PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona state trooper says he was just trying to keep everyone safe when he used his SUV as a barricade to stop a wrong-way vehicle on Interstate 17.

The Arizona Republic reports ( ) that it is the third time trooper Jeremy Barr has collided with a wrong-way driver during his dozen or so years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

DPS Director Frank Milstead describes the 36-year-old trooper’s actions as “heroic.” The director says Barr turned his patrol SUV in front of the vehicle and stopped it by pushing it into a rock ledge.

Barr is now recovering from fractured and herniated disks at his home in the Prescott area.

He says he was just trying to take care of business in a job that is inherently dangerous.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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