Phoenix - On December 16, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS), sponsored a major law enforcement detail targeting impaired drivers. As a result, 34 impaired drivers were arrested in the West Valley in an effort to make both highways and city streets safer during the holiday season.
In addition, a DPS Motorcycle Trooper stopped and arrested a suspected wrong-way driver. Sheldon Dick, 37, of Indian Wells, Arizona was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Loop 101. The trooper was able to perform a traffic break essentially stopping traffic on the freeway before putting his life in danger as he caught up with and stopped the wrong way driver.
Sheldon Dick was charged with Aggravated DUI and endangerment.
“I am so proud of this Trooper. What he did was truly heroic. The wrong way driver literally drove by him before he was able to get him stopped. This entire effort was extremely successful as 12 separate law enforcement agencies came together to target impaired drivers and make the roadways safer for everyone,” said Captain Tim Mason of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.