A Phoenix man has been jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault and criminal damage after a wrong-way crash on Interstate 17 that left a mother and daughter with possible life-threatening injuries.
Drivers called 9-1-1 after spotting a person in a Jeep driving the wrong way on I-17 Monday morning, but officers weren't able to get to the scene before it crashed into a Nissan Versa.
According to Department of Public Safety officials, the Jeep was heading north in the southbound HOV lane at Dixileta Drive when it slammed head-on into the Nissan.
The Nissan's driver, a mother believed to be in her 40s and her 13-year-old daughter were seriously injured and they had to be extricated. They were transported to an area hospital and remain in critical condition.
"We know we have some very very serious injuries..we're hoping for the best, but you look at the vehicles and you are amazed that anyone survived at all," said DPS Sgt. Paul Forch.
It wasn't immediately clear if seat belts were in use.
41-year-old Johnny Bonnie was booked on aggravated assault and criminal damage charges.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says impairment on Bonnie's part is suspected.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.