Scottsdale, Arizona—An accident on the Loop 101 freeway near Scottsdale Road has left a motorcycle rider in serious condition.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety ("DPS") reported that the agency received several 911 calls warning of an impaired driver on the freeway. Before police could intercept that vehicle, the motorist crashed into the median barrier and struck a motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider sustained serious injuries in the crash and was flown to a trauma center. We believe the driver who caused the collision is now in police custody. Initial reports suggest that other vehicles were involved in the crash.
If the driver of the vehicle is confirmed to be intoxicated, as suggested by the 911 calls made by witnesses prior to the collision, that individual could face charges for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and causing serious physical injury by use of a vehicle. The DUI charge can be designated a felony based on the severity of injuries to the motorcycle rider. The motorist's blood alcohol concentration ("BAC") also can impact the classification of the DUI offense.
We wish the motorcycle rider a speedy and complete recovery from his or her injuries.
UPDATE: DPS announced that Jeffrey Michael Griffin, 52, was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The motorcycle rider, whose name has not been released, was a retired Air Force major from Luke Air Force Base.