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Wrong Way Driver Hospitalized

Suspect Injures and Threatens PoliceNEAR CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A woman was taken to an area hospital for a medical and mental evaluation after police say she was driving the wrong way on I-5.

Oregon State Police was first notified of a wrong way vehicle at approximately 2:52 a.m. on Saturday. The vehicle was reportedly heading southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 54 south of Grants Pass. OSP troopers from Grants Pass and Central Point spanned out onto the freeway to try and find the vehicle as additional calls from other motorists came in.

A trooper traveling southbound spotted the vehicle near Rogue River but couldn’t keep it in sight. The trooper came across another vehicle that was involved in a collision with the wrong way driver. OSP says that vehicle’s driver had possible minor injury and their vehicle was damaged. Another trooper made contact with another driver, who they say took evasive action to avoid a crash with the wrong way driver.

Police also set up spike strips in the Central Point area near milepost 35 and milepost 31 to catch the wrong way driver. A trooper also stopped northbound traffic near milepost 31 to prevent drivers from encountering the wrong way vehicle.

Finally, at 3:08 a.m., police found the vehicle stopped near milepost 36. OSP detained the driver and transported her to an area hospital where she is undergoing a medical and mental evaluation. Her name is not being released at this time.