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Wis Motorist Drives 15 Miles in Wrong Highway Lane

Posted at: 11/10/2012 8:37 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee County deputies have arrested a suspected wrong-way motorist accused of driving more than 15 miles in the wrong lane of the freeway.

Authorities say the 21-year-old Waukesha man was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-43 near downtown Milwaukee on Saturday about 2:20 a.m. A squad car with lights and sirens activated drove parallel to the vehicle, and a deputy tried to get the driver's attention by shining a spotlight into the vehicle.

The driver ignored the squad car, and at one point abruptly made a U-turn in traffic and headed northbound. A deputy eventually stopped him. Preliminary tests showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit. The sheriff's office is seeking charges including first-offense drunken driving and recklessly endangering safety.

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