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Wrong-way driver sentenced for I-10 crash in Pinal County

The 33-year-old driver was convicted of endangerment and aggravated assault.

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. — A driver who sped along Interstate 10 into oncoming traffic before crashing his vehicle has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. 

Timothy Broyles, 33, was sentenced this week in Pinal County Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, unlawful flight and endangerment, according to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

Last February, sheriff’s office deputies attempted to pull over Broyles on I-10 and the defendant proceeded to speed up to 90 mph to evade law enforcement.

A high-speed chase ensued that resulted in Broyles crossing over the I-10 median and driving in the wrong direction. He eventually lost control and the vehicle rolled over.

Two passengers in the vehicle were ejected and sustained serious injuries. The driver had taken fentanyl and had to be given Narcan by paramedics, PCAO said.

Officials said the incident appeared to be a case of human smuggling. 

Cell phone video of a crash on Interstate 10 in Pinal County. Courtesy of PCAO.

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