Wrong-way driver causes holiday crash on I-5

  • Mon Dec 26th, 2011 5:20pm
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Associated Press

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol says an 86-year-old man drove more than two miles in the wrong direction down Highway 101 and Interstate 5 through Olympia and Tumwater on Christmas Day, causing at least one crash.

KOMO-TV reported the incident began when the driver pulled onto Highway 101 from Crosby Boulevard, then started heading south in the northbound lanes toward the interchange with I-5.

After the interchange, the man continued heading south in the northbound lanes of I-5. He caused at least one crash when another driver swerved to avoid him.

A state trooper stopped the man near the intersection of I-5 and Trosper Road.

The state patrol said the man was issued a citation for negligent driving and was referred for a license re-evaluation.