A Mesa woman with drugs in her vehicle collided Saturday morning with a DPS officer who was conducting DUI patrols in Mesa, police said.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officer T. O’Brien and a civilian passenger suffered nonlife threatening injuries and were taken to a Valley hospital as a precaution, DPS spokesman Harold Sanders said.
Mesa police said O’Brien entered the intersection at 24th Street and Baseline Road on a yellow or green light with his lights flashing at 2:43 a.m. The DPS officer was preparing to make a traffic stop when a Dodge sport utility vehicle driven by 25-year-old Lisa Bevin made a left turn in the path of the DPS cruiser.
No charges have been filed yet against Bevin, who carried only an Arizona ID card after her driver’s license was suspended in Alaska.
The extent of the victims’ injuries will determine, in part, how Bevin will be cited. Mesa officer Tim Gaffney said Bevin admitted to using methamphetamines and marijuana before driving. However, police are awaiting results of toxicology tests to confirm that she had drugs in her system. It was unknown as to what specific drugs were in the vehicle.
The collision occurred just one day after Bevin received citations from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for drug possession and disorderly conduct, Gaffney said. He added that Bevin is a prior DUI offender, first cited on Oct. 15.
The East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force has operated Wednesdays through Sundays since Dec. 8. The last day of the operation is Monday.
DUI Task Force results
Statistics from Dec. 8 through Saturday morning:
• 9,465 traffic stops
• 1,518 DUI arrests
• 1,414 misdemeanor DUI arrests
• 104 felony DUI arrests
• 391 extreme DUI arrests
• 206 drug possession arrests
• 3,040 other citations
• 152 consumption citations to minors
• Average blood alcohol content: 0.143 (legal limit is 0.08)
SOURCE: Mesa officer Tim Gaffney