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California Man Arrested For Wrong Way Driving And Other Crimes In Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Police arrested a wrong way driver Sunday night. Police responded to the call on East State Route 69 at around 11:54 p.m. The driver nearly hit other vehicles as he drove the wrong way down the highway. The caller told the operator the vehicle pulled over at the Maverik Store in the 13-hundred block of North Prescott Country Club Boulevard. When officers arrived they identified the driver, 42-year-old Roman Masciarelli from Santa Clara, California. Due to being suspected as the wrong way driver, the officer investigated Masciarelli for possible impaired driving. During the investigation, he stated he had methamphetamines in his pants and admitted to using it. Witness statements indicated Roman almost struck several vehicles including a vehicle with two children. Masciarelli had also been reported a suspect in the theft of three handguns from his father’s home in Prescott Valley Sunday morning. The stolen guns were found in the vehicle. Officers also learned of a current protection order issued in California which prohibited Masciarelli from possessing handguns. He was placed under arrest for DUI, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangerment, violation of an order of protection, and theft.