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Wrong-Way Driving Leads to DUI Arrest

A 24-year-old social studies teacher at Chamberlain High School was arrested after officers found the man driving the wrong way down Interstate 75. He was charged with driving under the influence and driving the wrong way down a limited access road.

Law enforcement received calls at 3:50 a.m. concerning a 2001 gold Saturn that was driving eastbound on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway westbound lanes, and then started driving southbound on the northbound lanes of Interstate 75. Law enforcement blocked exits along the interstate to look for the driver, and who was detained upon exiting an entrance ramp. He refused to take a breath test when arrested.

It is estimated that the driver travelled around 12 miles in the wrong direction before being stopped by authorities. According to records, he has never been arrested or charged with a DUI before.

Tampa Wrong-Way Accidents & DUI

Tampa has experienced a few wrong-way accidents in the past year, attributed to drivers that are under the influence. Many of these accidents have taken place on the same roadways that the high school teacher is accused of driving the wrong way on.

Recent wrong-way accidents have taken place:

  • February 9, driver with BAC over two times the legal limit involved in fatal head-on accident
  • February 25, driver with a .21 BAC and driving under the influence of marijuana killed during head-on collision with a box truck
  • August 15, driver suspected of DUI involved in fatal crash with ambulance
  • September 7, driver collided with tanker truck and kills three

The increase in wrong-way driving has led Tampa officials to reevaluate signage on the roadways to ensure they are not confusing for drivers. However, just because a person drove the wrong way down a confusing roadway does not indicate that they were under the influence when they did so.

If arrested on suspicion of DUI, remember that anything said can and will be used against you in a court of law. Contact an aggressive DUI defense attorney to help avoid serious repercussions from a DUI conviction.

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