Wrong-way driver on I-82 causes 2 crashes new Benton City

BENTON CITY — The Washington State Patrol says a Kennewick man who may have been under the influence of drugs drove the wrong way on Interstate 82 for about seven minutes, causing two separate crashes in the southeastern part of the state.

No injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon.

The Tri-City Herald reported that the 68-year-old man drove a white Chevrolet pickup westbound in the eastbound lanes about four miles east of Benton City. He’s accused of running two other drivers off the road, forcing them to crash to avoid being hit.

The State Patrol says a Benton County sheriff’s deputy caught up to the driver and managed to pull the truck over.

The driver was arrested and booked into jail.

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