Phoenix policeman hit by wrong-way drunk driver

by Administrator 10. June 2010 08:44

A Phoenix policeman, Officer James Waltermire, sacrificed himself when he saw headlights coming at him on Loop 101.  

Waltermire was traveling westbound on Loop 101 at 1:45 AM yesterday when a wrong-way driver headed towards him.  Waltermire turned on his siren and flashed his lights while driving in a zigzag pattern to warn drivers behind him.  The Ford then hit Waltermire's car and a Suburban.  Waltermire suffered only minor injuries, while none of the Suburban's passengers were hurt.

The driver of the Ford was caught after fleeing the scene and identified as 31-year old Michael Chicharello.  Officials say a breathalyzer test showed Chicharello to have a blood alcohol content of over three times the legal limit, at .252.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Phoenix car accident lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn more about your rights. 

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