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State Trooper stops a wrong way vehicle. Driver is DUI.

Monday February 17, 2020

On February 16, at approximately 10:49 pm, Highway Patrol Dispatch was notified of a wrong way vehicle. A four door silver sedan was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. The vehicle was first reported at mile 104 on I-80.

A reponding trooper slowed down traffic as he traveled toward the area of the reported wrong way vehicle. The sedan was traveling at slower speeds and did not respond to the trooper’s emergency lights.

The trooper moved to the right shoulder and then turned into the rear of the vehicle to stop the vehicle to stop the vehicle from continuing the wrong way. The car was stopped at mile 107. Although the crash was minor, the trooper’s car was disabled.

The driver and the trooper were both checked at the scene and cleared by medical.

The driver of the wrong way vehicle was arrested for DUI.

Due to the quick action of the motorist that called 911, the professionalism of the Highway Patrol Dispatch and The State Troopers this incident could have ended much worse.



Joe Dougherty
DPS Public Affairs Director
Department of Public Safety


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