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Scottsdale police arrest 'wrong-way driver' who injured officers during traffic stop

The traffic incident occurred Saturday night near El Hefe bar and involved officers attempting to stop a driver.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Scottsdale police said Tuesday they have arrested a wrong-way driver who injured four of their officers in Old Town Scottsdale Saturday.

Police said the incident began at about 10:45 p.m. near the El Hefe bar after two officers initiated a traffic stop on the motorist, later identified as Nelious E. Horsley III, 29, as he was driving north on Saddlebag Trail in the wrong direction. 

Horsley stopped his vehicle, and an officer instructed him to turn off the vehicle. Scottsdale police said Horsley resisted, resulting in one of the officers opening the car door and attempting to physically extract him out.

A struggle ensued, and the car eventually began to accelerate. Four officers sustained minor injuries as the vehicle drove off, police said.

Horsley allegedly endangered two pedestrians who were crossing the roadway as they drove off. 

Detectives were able to track Horsley to his home because police had his driver’s license from the night of the traffic stop.

Horsley was booked into jail on several charges from the original incident, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on a police officer, endangerment, and felony flight.

Police said Horsley was not charged with hit-and-run because the pedestrians did not wish to aid in prosecution.  

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