Southbound Interstate 17 open after overnight closure in north Phoenix


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PHOENIX — Southbound Interstate 17 has reopened in north Phoenix after being closed several hours overnight after a Highway Patrol officer used his patrol car to stop a wrong-way driver.

The freeway was closed at the Carefree Highway -- State Route 74 -- between about 11 p.m. Monday and ended about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The state Department of Public Safety says the officer clipped the side of the vehicle going north in the southbound lanes to stop it.

According to DPS, it received 29 calls in just under 10 minutes reporting the wrong-way driver on I-17 at Union Hills beginning at 10:51 p.m.

No injuries were reported but DPS says the 44-year-old woman driving the wrong-way vehicle was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, endangerment and criminal damage.

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