Wrong-way driver arrested Feb. 7
OGEMAW COUNTY — A Bellaire woman was arrested after allegedly traveling southbound in the northbound lane of I-75 Feb. 7.
She reportedly turned around near Sterling and began traveling in the correct direction before eventually being pulled over in Ogemaw County, according to Sgt. Pete McNamara of the West Branch Michigan State Police post. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the incident.
McNamara said the 55-year-old woman was reported to be traveling the wrong way around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
“Dispatch was receiving calls of a southbound vehicle in the northbound lane near the 198 mile marker,” he said. “Dispatch was getting calls from motorists on 75. It was found the vehicle eventually turned around and headed northbound in the northbound lane, heading back north on 75.”
McNamara said the driver turned around at mile marker 194. He said after traveling north, the vehicle left the freeway at the 202 exit in Alger, but immediately re-entered the expressway and continued north.
Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre said deputies established an intercept and then pulled the driver over near the 209 mile marker in Ogemaw County before turning the case over to the state police.
“We were set up to intercept her in the northbound lane,” he said. “A short time later reports came in she was actually northbound.”
As of 10:35 a.m. Feb. 8, the driver had not been arraigned, he said.