TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say a wrong-way driver who crashed into and killed an off-duty Mesa police officer as he was driving home from work may have been impaired.
DPS spokesman Officer Carrick Cook says an autopsy is being conducted by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the driver's identity and level of drugs or alcohol, if any, in his body at the time of the crash.
Mesa police identified the officer who was killed as 32-year-old Brandon Mendoza.
The wrong-way driver's SUV had traveled 35 miles on parts of three freeways for a half-hour before the collision near the intersection of I-10 and U.S. 60.
Authorities had received several 911 calls when the SUV was first spotted headed the wrong way on a Scottsdale road. The 911 calls continued as the driver took State Route 51 and then I-10.