Team effort stops wrong way driver on I-70

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - A woman was pulled over and arrested for driving on the wrong side of Interstate 70.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 24 year old woman was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of I-70 when she was spotted by several passing drivers in between 24 Road and Horizon Drive.

Those witnesses called 911, and a Colorado State Patrol trooper who was on Horizon responded quickly to the area.

Authorities say the woman was driving under the speed limit. The trooper put on his lights as he was driving the opposite direction, and the woman came to a stop.

A field sobriety test was administered, and the woman failed. Troopers say she also had a passenger in the car with her. The passenger was a minor, and was issued an alcohol citation.

Troopers say that motorists should stay in the right hand lane when driving on the Interstate because wrong-way drivers tend to stay in the left-hand lane. That's because they think they're on a two way street.

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  • by Dave Location: Grand junction on Aug 5, 2010 at 09:26 PM
    The problem with roundabouts are their geometry. Each exit and entrance looks the same as all the others. The exit is not even in the exact direction you want to go. The 24 road and especially the Fruita exits from I-70 have too many exits and entrances at confusing angles. In bad weather or late at night, the signs are hard to see and it is not easy to tell what direction you will end up in. The Fruita exit is easy to suddenly find yourself on the frontage road instead of I-70. No intersection will be completely safe but I believe these roundabouts should be removed and a more conventional intersection installed.
  • by jim Location: whitewater on Aug 5, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    Its a roundabout people give me a break. Not to difficult to navagate. UNLESS YOUR DRUNK. What ever happened to a little common sense. If you cant tell your headed down the wrong on ramp you shouldnt be driving.
  • by Gary Location: Grand Junction on Aug 5, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    Just this week we've had a truck with no lights on killing an innocent girl on Patterson. Now a car going the wrong way on I-70. What do they have in common ? ALCOHOL
  • by Daniel Location: GJ on Aug 5, 2010 at 05:11 PM
    Most people traveling through Grand Junction have never seen a round-about before and are easily confused and do not know how to use them. Therefore, round-abouts are not safe to have off the interstates. Round-abouts should definitely be re-considered.
  • by henry Location: GJ on Aug 5, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    How many must die before they fix the 24 road Interchange. when I was a kid they had a thing called a wrong way sign if you were going the wrong way down the wrong ramp. they now have the same thing but lit with LED lights and are very bright. This does not excuse or stop DUI'S But it just might reduce or stop the confusion of wrong way drivers from the 24 road merry-go-round!
  • by Fast_Feddy Location: GJ on Aug 5, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    Several months ago I called 911 and reported a person getting on I-70 going westbound on the eastbound off ramp at exit 26. This was around 12 - 1 AM or so. The dispatchers attitude was like, "ho hum, your bugging me for this?
  • by Holly Location: Grand junction on Aug 5, 2010 at 09:33 AM
    Our only grandchild who was only nine years old was killed along with his foster parents from a drunk driver driving the wrong way on the interstate in the state of Florida. I hope the full extent of the law is enforced.
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