On Friday, June 14th, 2019, A Pinal County deputy was on Hunt Highway when he noticed a wrong way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Hunt Highway near Gantzel Road.
The deputy was on a motorcycle and was conducting patrols as part of the Pinal County DUI Task Force. He turned around to stop the vehicle and observed the suspect’s white Chevy Tahoe was swerving and traveling at roughly 60 miles an hour. The driver then hit a car, before hitting the curb, ultimately disabling the Tahoe.
29-year-old Octavio Arreola of San Tan Valley was behind the wheel and the only person in the truck. The deputy noticed several open containers inside the vehicle. Arreola could barely get out of the truck and became combative with deputies on scene. He blew a .148 and deputies found suspected cocaine in his pant pocket.
29-year-old Octavio Arreola of San Tan Valley
“We are thankful those that were hit by this wrong-way driver weren’t seriously hurt,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “This is a perfect example of why driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is so dangerous. We are grateful for the work done by our traffic unit and the DUI task force. Their enforcement efforts are making Pinal County roadways safer.”
Arreola is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument (vehicle), one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer, three counts of endangerment, one count of felony criminal damage, one count of aggravated DUI while driving the wrong-way on a pubic highway, and one count of reckless driving. Arreola was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, then transferred to ICE.