A driver in Ohio was recently arrested after he was going the wrong way down Interstate 675, perhaps while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The first that the police heard of the issue came from other concerned drivers who called 911. "I just witnessed a drunk driver getting on the highway going the wrong way," said one person in calls that were recently released to local news stations.
Per reports, the police said that the driver did not have their headlights on, even though it was dark, and they were taking up both traffic lanes. Despite going north, they were in the southbound lanes. This was just after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.
Police were able to catch up to the vehicle before the driver caused an accident, and they performed a traffic stop. They then arrested the driver. While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, one possible offense that the police listed is Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, or OVI. They did not identify the driver.
The police did report that other people had to go out of their way to avoid crashing, as they swerved off of the road and drove down the shoulders to let the wrong-way driver pass.
A case like this helps to show how OVI charges could be compounded by other traffic infractions and driving mistakes. These can add to the potential ramifications and may factor heavily into the case moving forward. It is very important for all those who find themselves facing such serious charges to know what legal defense options they have and how they can protect their future.