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Alleged drunk driver arrested after 18 miles in wrong direction


With the New Year's celebration just past, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the story of an incident that involved an alleged DUI that occurred on New Year's Day.

A driver allegedly drove the wrong way for 18 miles on an Interstate highway in Pennsylvania. How is this possible? Police suspect that the driver was driving drunk.

The wrong way driver was driving on the highway in the early morning hours, at 5:30 a.m. on New Year's Day. The traffic was light and, thankfully the wrong way driver was not involved in an accident. However, several witnesses made calls to the police about the vehicle driving in the wrong direction and driving at a high rate of speed.

When law enforcement officials arrived on the scene they say that they tried to get the driver's attention by using emergency lights and spotlights. However, the 22-year-old driver did not stop until she came upon a roadblock set up by authorities.

She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless endangerment.

Now this young driver will have to present a defense to the criminal charges she faces. Whether she was drunk or simply tired after a long night, will be the center of that defense. What caused the police to suspect that she had been drinking and driving, along with the results of any blood-alcohol and field sobriety tests administered will also be important information necessary as part of any criminal defense in her case.

Source: Winona Daily News, "Police: Wrong-way driver went 18 miles on Pa. road," Jan. 2, 2013

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