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YCSO Deputies Dealt With Two DUI Incidents In The Same Area Early Saturday Morning In Cottonwood

A suspected impaired driver suffered serious injuries when his speeding vehicle left the road in Cottonwood early Saturday morning and went down a steep embankment. Meanwhile, a second DUI suspect was also arrested when he attempted to pass emergency crews, including a helicopter, at the scene. A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a car being driven erratically at around 2 a.m. The vehicle was speeding and crossed the center line several times, and as it turned onto Highway 260, the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop. However, the driver turned off all lights and accelerated up to 100 miles-per-hour. Just a few seconds later, the car failed to negotiate a turn, slid off the road and down a 200-foot slope. The 22-year-old Cottonwood driver was ejected about halfway down the embankment and suffered serious injuries, including a possible neck fracture. Deputies called for a helicopter to transport the man to Flagstaff Medical Center. As medical personnel were taking the victim to the aircraft, which had landed in the middle of the now-closed highway, deputies and a Sedona Police officer assisting with traffic control, saw a vehicle attempting to pass all emergency vehicles and the running helicopter by driving on the shoulder. They were able to finally stop the car, and arrested the driver, a 51-year-old Camp Verde man, on suspicion of DUI.

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