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Wrong-way driver suspected of DUI arrested on I-15, UHP says

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Updated - Nov 16th, 2018 @ 1:16pm | Posted - Nov 16th, 2018 @ 7:03am

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SALT LAKE CITY — One person was arrested and a trooper suffered a minor injury after stopping a wrong-way driver on I-15 early Friday.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers believe a man got onto I-215, possibly at 4500 South, going the wrong way. A trooper tried to stop the driver on I-215 by performing a PIT manuever, or by bumping the wrong-way driver's rear panel in an attempt to disable the vehicle, but was unsuccessful, said UHP Sgt. Nick Street.

The driver continued to go the wrong way on I-15 where, just before 2:30 a.m., a trooper was able to perform a successful PIT maneuver on the vehicle and stop it near 3300 South, he said.

Bernardino Tereso Gonzalez, 68, was arrested for investigation of DUI with a 0.148 blood alcohol content, Street said, and driving on a denied license.

The trooper who stopped the wrong-way driver suffered an undisclosed minor injury, he said.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, troopers responded to three incidents of wrong-way drivers around the state overnight.

In the second incident, an 80-year-old woman was driving north in the southbound lanes in Utah County, according to the UHP. Troopers were able to force her car onto the shoulder and no one was injured.

In a third case, a car rolled off I-15 while trying to avoid a wrong-way driver near Cedar City, the UHP stated. The driver was not injured. Troopers were still looking for that wrong-way driver Friday.


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