Erratic and wrong-way driver arrested on multiple charges

Jan. 3, just before 7 p.m., a concerned motorist reported an erratic driver on Cornville Road near Mountain View Road.

The vehicle, a 2001 Mazda Miata, was serving all over the roadway, had hit a curb and was creating a danger for other motorists.

A short time later, a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy was able to locate the Mazda as it swerved into the opposite lane of travel on Cornville Road. Once behind the Mazda, the deputy turned on his emergency lights but the driver failed to yield. After pursuing the vehicle for nearly 5 miles, the deputy discontinued the chase because of danger to other motorists on the road.

The deputy later located the vehicle driving south in the north lane of State Route 89A and he attempted to stop the driver. After some distance, the vehicle finally pulled over. Upon contact, the deputy could immediately smell the odor of an intoxicating beverage on the driver, identified as 57-year-old Patricia Engler from Cornville.

Engler exhibited numerous signs of impairment and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. She was arrested on allegations of fleeing pursuing law enforcement vehicle (felony), endangerment (felony), and misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and DUI. She has since been released on a $1,500 bond.

YCSO would like to thank the motorist who initially reported the erratic driver. This action very possibly prevented a serious collision.

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