Wrong-way interstate drivers for November 21, 2011

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We are back again with more wrong-way driving incidents on the interstate highway system across America. Let's do the tally:

Places with and alleged reasons for Wrong-way drivers:
Honolulu, Hawaii with a young man balancing two jobs and probably tired (It is unknown at this time if speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, which occurred under clear skies in a well-lit area of the freeway.).
South Kingstown, Rhode Island, here is a quote: "Woods failed to perform the field sobriety tests to the satisfaction of the officers and was subsequently placed under arrest.";
moving on we head to Doralville, Georgia where the wrong-way driver is reported by the news source to have been driving under the influence and after driving the wrong direction on Interstate 20 struck the car of a police officer, killing the detective. Another linked story with video. Mug shot of suspect.
Pewaukee, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, I-94 - "The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office is now reporting Ewing had a blood alcohol level of .35, nearly five times the legal limit."
Franklin, Indiana - Johnson County, U.S. 31 south - " ... arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, burglary and possession of stolen property, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said."
Chaska, Minnesota, Audobon Road - cause unreported although there is a hint in the following quote: "A Shakopee man was killed and three people were injured in a head-on collision Friday evening in Chaska.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Interesting story, FOX6 Investigation: What do all nine wrong way driving incidents have in common? Nine wrong way driving cases on Milwaukee freeways in 2011 In 2009 nationwide, more than 1,700 people died in wrong way crashes. The problem has gotten so bad in Arizona that officials are now testing sensors that will detect if there is a wrong way driver, and notify others on the highway with electronic signs. Highway safety experts say all you can really do if you come in contact with a wrong way driver, is flash your high beams, and try to determine what lane the driver is in. Most often, they'll be in the fast lane, because they think they're in the slow lane.
Hartford, Connecticut - I-84 near exit 47. "A man from Windsor is facing DUI charges after a wrong-way crash Wednesday night on I-84 in Hartford" A second link to this incident. "Martin Ballines Rios, 40, was driving south in the northbound lane of Audobon Road at Wildflower Lane just before 7:30 p.m. when he struck a pickup truck driving north. Ballines Rios died at the scene. The truck's driver and two passengers, all from Victoria, Minn., were treated at Ridgeview Hospital in Chaska and released, according to the Chaska Police Department. Alcohol was detected on Ballines Rios, according to the State Patrol. "
Boone County, Indiana - I-465. "Investigators say open alcohol containers were found in the Pontiac."  

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Here are links to all of these incidents. Remember we've been covering wrong-way driving cases for several years so if you want more information due to a relative or friend who died because of a wrong-way driver give us a call we'd love to talk to you. And check out the top reasons for wrong-way collisions, how to recognize when a wrong-way driver may be coming and how to avoid being struck by a wrong-way driver. It's at the bottom of this page.  
Investigators: Wrong-Way Driver Caused Fatal H-2 Crash
KITV Honolulu
According to traffic investigators, one driver is dead and two others injured after a wrong-way driver caused a three-car crash on the H-2 freeway Saturday morning. Investigators said the crash occurred around 2:20 am Saturday on the H-2 freeway ...
Police Log: Wrong Way Driver Charged With DUI
Patch.com
By Carl Critz Gwendoline Woods, 62, of 2 Colony Rd. in Charlestown was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC of .15 percent or greater on Wednesday, November 16 around 8:50 pm after a traffic stop on Route 1. ...
Wrong way driver causes fatal crash on H-2 Freeway
KHON2
A 40 year-old Wahiawa man was killed when he was hit head-on by a wrong way driver on the H-2 Freeway Saturday morning. It happened at 2:20 am on the north-bound direction near Ka Uka Blvd. Police say a 21 year-old man from Waianae, driving a 1992 ...
DORAVILLE: Wrong-way driver had multiple DUI arrests
WXIA-TV
DORAVILLE, GA -- 11Alive News has learned that man accused of killing a Doraville police detective while allegedly driving drunk and in the wrong direction on Interstate 20 has had several prior arrests, including two drunk driving charges. ...
Wrong-way driver was four times legal limit
Today's TMJ4
By The WTMJ News Team PEWAUKEE - The driver in a double fatal wrong-way crash in Waukesha County was reportedly far over the legal limit. Dawn Ewing crashed head-on into a car after driving about 8 miles the wrong way in the eastbound lanes on I-94 ...
Driver was DUI in wrong-way I-20 crash that killed Doraville cop, police say
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By Mike Morris and David Ibata A 39-year-old Dunwoody man was charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in a wrong-way crash that killed a police detective on I-20 in DeKalb County, authorities said. ...
Wrong-way driver arrested in Franklin burglaries
Daily Journal
Police responding to a report of a home break-in south of Franklin found the suspect, who was driving the wrong way in the southbound lanes of US 31. In his car, they found a laptop computer and a breast pump that had been taken from the home. ...
Wrong-way driver killed, three hurt in Chaska
Pioneer Press
Martin Ballines Rios, 40, was driving south in the northbound lane of Audobon Road at Wildflower Lane just before 7:30 pm when he struck a pickup truck driving north. The truck's driver and two passengers, all from Victoria, Minn., were treated at ...
Wrong-way driver causes deadly crash on interstate
Fox 59
The driver of the Pontiac died at the scene. His identity has not been release. His passenger and three passengers in the SUV were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators say open alcohol containers were found in the ...
Wrong Way Driver Almost Hits Police Cruiser
KRIS Corpus Christi News
CORPUS CHRISTI - For the second night in a row a suspected drunk driver has been arrested for going the wrong way on city streets. A Corpus Christi police officer had to swerve to get out of the way of a Chevy Silverado heading the wrong way on ...
Tests Show Wrong-Way Driver In Fatal Was Drunk - Milwaukee ...
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Toxicology shows a wrong-way driver in fatal crash was legally drunk. Friday, November 18, 2011. Wrong-way driver was four times legal limit - 620 WTMJ ...
The driver in a double fatal wrong-way crash in Waukesha County was reportedly far over the legal limit.
Doraville Officer Killed In Wrong Way Crash « CBS Atlanta
By psati
Investigators say a Doraville police officer on his way to work, was killed early Monday, when a wrong way driver slammed into his car on I-20, in a pre dawn crash in DeKalb County.
DORAVILLE: Wrong-way driver had multiple DUI arrests | 11alive.com
DORAVILLE, GA -- 11Alive News has learned that man accused of killing a Doraville police detective while allegedly driving drunk and in the wrong direction on ...
Georgia Police Officer Killed by Wrong-Way Driver - Officer.com
Georgia Police Officer Killed by Wrong-Way Driver. Video. Created: November 14 , 2011. Recommend · Twitter · Share · Print ...
Wrong Way Driver Almost Hits Police Cruiser | Corpus Christi, TX ...
CORPUS CHRISTI - For the second night in a row a suspected drunk driver has been arrested for going the wrong way on city streets.
YouTube wrong way crash driver Shazida Begum banned
BBC News
A woman who admitted driving the wrong way down the slip road of a busy dual carriageway and crashing into two lorries has been fined and banned. The crashes happened in March on the A90 Aberdeen to Stonehaven road. Begum, 21, was fined £700 and banned ...

Driver was DUI in wrong-way I-20 crash that killed Doraville cop, police say

Atlanta Journal Constitution
By Mike Morris and David Ibata A 39-year-old Dunwoody man was charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in a wrong-way crash that killed a police detective on I-20 in DeKalb County, authorities said. ...
FOX6 Investigation: What do all nine wrong way driving incidents have in common?
FOX6Now.com Milwaukee
There have been several wrong-way drivers on Milwaukee's freeways, who eventually end up involved in crashes. The latest involved Dawn Ewing, who drove the wrong way for at least seven miles, before hitting the vehicle driven by father of three, ...
Wrong-way driver arrested in Franklin burglaries
Daily Journal
Police responding to a report of a home break-in south of Franklin found the suspect, who wasdriving the wrong way in the southbound lanes of US 31. In his car, they found a laptop computer and a breast pump that had been taken from the home. ...
Wrong-way driver on Hwy. 61 causes accident
Winona Daily News
An intoxicated underage Winona woman drove the wrong way on US Hwy. 61 Friday night, causing one crash that injured a woman before a second driver followed her and turned her in, according to the Minnesota State Patrol and Winona County Sheriff's ...
Wrong-way driver fleeing police goes to HPD parking lot
Houston Chronicle
Clark said York entered the 610 Loop in the Bellaire area going the wrong way and drove to US 290. Oncoming motorists had to maneuver out of his path. At times the chase reached speeds up to about 80 mph. York exited the freeway at Tidwell, driving the ...
SAPD arrests wrong-way driver on suspicion of DWI
KENS 5 TV
by Stacia Willson / KENS 5 A wrong-way driver sent police officers on a short chase overnight, and as it turns out, the suspect may have been intoxicated. San Antonio police received reports about an erratic driver at about 1:45 am Monday. ...
New technologies could prevent wrong-way drivers
Today's TMJ4
Drivers take a wrong turn and end up driving the wrong-way on the highway. The most recent case ended with two people killed. Wrong-way sensors have worked in North Texas. "We had a 44% percent reduction in wrong-way crashes and a 100% reduction in ...
Fugitive wanted in wrong-way fatal crash that killed Queens bar owner George ...
New York Daily News
He was sought for being the wrong-way driver who slammed his girlfriend's car into a livery cab in Queens last month, killing the livery passenger, Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons. Authorities pinched a fugitive in Connecticut Tuesday who was wanted ...
Man driving wrong way on SPID suspected of drunken driving, Corpus Christi ...
Corpus Christi Caller Times
An off-duty police technician reported a blue 1997 Pontiac Firebird going the wrong way on the highway near the Laguna Shores Drive exit, according to a news release. Police stopped the driver, who appeared intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test, ...
Police: Drunk wrong-way driver kills man | Local & Regional News ...
One person is dead and at least one person is injured after an accident Tuesday night on I-105 in Eugene.
KVAL 13 - Local & Regional News...
Doraville Officer Killed In Wrong Way Crash « CBS Atlanta
By psati
Investigators say a Doraville police officer on his way to work, was killed early Monday, when a wrong way driver slammed into his car on I-20, in a pre dawn crash in DeKalb County.
CBS Atlanta
SAPD arrests wrong-way driver on suspicion of DWI | kens5.com ...
A wrong-way driver sent police officers on a short chase overnight, and as it turns out, the suspect may have been intoxicated.
Wrong-way driver faces DUI charges - WFSB Channel 3
A man from Windsor is facing DUI charges after a wrong-way crash Wednesday night on I-84 in Hartford. Wrong-way driver on Hwy. 61 causes accident
An intoxicated underage Winona woman drove the wrong way on U.S. Hwy. 61 Friday night, causing one crash that injured a woman before a second driver ...
Wrong-way driver in deadly crash had prior DUI arrest | 11alive.com
Wrong-way driver in deadly crash had prior DUI arrest. 5:28 PM, Nov 15, 2011 | comments. Gene Jones has been charged with DUI in the death of a Det. Shane ... 
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