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Intoxicants blamed for wrong-way driver on I-5

One of the significant hazards posed by drivers who are intoxicated is a wrong-way collision on a divided highway. Given the number of visual clues that are available to tell a driver that they are driving in the wrong direction, the occurrence of wrong-way driving always seems to be prevalent. A recent arrest by the Oregon State Police shows how an allegedly drunk driver can appear to be completely detached from reality.

The State Police received a report of a wrong-way driver on I-5 near Salem at about 10:30 in the evening. The driver in question was driving south on the inside shoulder of the northbound lane. Troopers attempted to stop her with flashing lights and sirens, but the driver ignored them. She continued driving south until troopers were able to stop northbound traffic. One of the officers was able to intentionally collide with the wrong-way vehicle.

When the driver left her vehicle, she was, according to a patrol officer, covered in vomit. She told troopers that she had no idea that she was driving the wrong way. Officers administered field sobriety tests, which the woman failed. She was arrested for driving while under the influence of intoxicants. She was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangerment of others.

If the woman is convicted of the charges that have been made against her, she could lose her driving privileges for a long time, face a significant jail sentence and be required to pay a heavy fine. If she has any prior DUII convictions, the penalties will increase. Anyone facing drunk driving charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A capable defense attorney can provide advice on how the case will be affected by the evidence and applicable law and whether a favorable plea bargain or acquittal is a potential outcome.

Source: Fox12 Oregon, "Troopers: Woman who drove wrong way down I-5 in Salem arrested for DUII," Mar. 30, 2018

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