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Highly Drunk Woman Drove Wrong Way on Interstate 5

Updated on: 11/8/2019

Drunk driver goes wrong way on I-5

A woman drove for 17 miles going the wrong direction on Interstate 5 while highly intoxicated. The 60-year-old woman got on I-5 near Tumwater.

"At times she was reaching speeds over 100 mph," Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said. She was followed on Interstate 5 while troopers flashed light at her but she did not hesitate and continued traveling the wrong direction.

In order to stop a head-on collision, the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Tacoma were shut down. To stop the woman, troopers placed spike strips along the freeway near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 

"We had several near-miss head-on collisions," Gill said. "It's amazing that we didn't have a collision at some point. Obviously no one going southbound is going to expect to see a vehicle coming northbound in their lane."

The woman was arrested for investigation of DUI and several other charges. Gill believes that she had no idea what was going.

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