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January 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

State Patrol: Woman drives wrong way on I-5 for 18 miles

A woman was arrested for DUI this morning after driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 for nearly 18 miles, Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said.

The 60-year-old Olympia woman reached speeds of more than 100 miles an hour between Tumwater and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, while troopers and police chased her in the parallel lanes, Gill said. A section of the freeway was shut down to avoid injuries because of the woman; there were no crashes, and no one was hurt.

Troopers were first dispatched to Tumwater, where the woman was reportedly sitting in her car in the middle of an intersection. Minutes later, 911 calls started pouring in about a motorist driving the wrong way on I-5, Gill said.

Troopers chased after her in the northbound lanes, with lights and sirens, Gill said. The woman did not stop until her white sedan struck a line of spike strips placed in her path by troopers, Gill said.

“We had [help from] officers from Pierce County, Lakewood, Tacoma PD and they shut off I-5,” Gill said.

Update: 11:56 a.m.

Here is a map below of the route she took, according to Washington State Patrol.

View Woman drives wrong way on I-5 for 18 miles in a larger map. (Graphic by Sharon Pian Chan/The Seattle Times)

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