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ORACLE — An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper had to take evasive maneuvers after a Phoenix man allegedly almost struck his patrol vehicle.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Bryan A. Headrick, 35, is facing one count of aggravated driving under the influence with a license restriction and aggravated driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more.

According to court records, at 10:25 p.m. on Sept. 28, a DPS trooper was traveling north on State Route 177 near milepost 155 when a white truck traveling south on the highway crossed the center line and came about 3 feet into the trooper’s lane.

The trooper stated that he had to take evasive maneuvers and drive off the pavement in order to avoid being hit by the truck. The trooper turned around, caught up to the truck and pulled it over.

The trooper said the driver, Headrick, allegedly smelled of alcohol. He had Headrick exit the truck and noticed some signs of impairment. Headrick refused any other field sobriety tests and allegedly registered a 0.17 blood alcohol content on a preliminary breath test. The trooper also noted that Headrick’s license had been administratively suspended on Sept. 13.

Headrick allegedly told the trooper that he had just gotten his truck out of a 30-day impound from a DUI charge from Apache Junction Police.

Headrick was taken into custody and booked into the Pinal County jail.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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