Centerville police officer uses her patrol car to ram wrong-way DUI driver

Police from multiple agencies at the scene of a wrong-way driving arrest Monday, March 21, 2022. Photo: Centerville Police Department

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah, March 21, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A wrong-way driver on Interstate 15 in Davis County traveled approximately 10 miles – from Farmington to Centerville before being stopped by a Centerville police officer Monday afternoon.

According to a statement by Centerville PD, 911 dispatchers first received calls about a wrong-way driver in a gray Honda Accord headed south in the northbound lanes of I-15 about 3:15 p.m.

“The Utah Highway Patrol called for assistance in shutting down northbound traffic,” the CPD said. “A Centerville officer blocked northbound traffic from getting onto I-15 when that officer observed the wrong-way vehicle traveling up the on ramp towards her.

“When the officer attempted to block the vehicle’s path, it tried driving around. The officer was forced to drive her patrol car into the wrong-way vehicle, disabling it,” the CPD statement said.

Police from multiple agencies at the scene of a wrong-way driving arrest Monday, March 21, 2022. Photo: Centerville Police Department

No one was injured in the crash and the alleged wrong-way driver was taken into custody by the Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence.

UHP troopers tried unsuccessfully to stop the wrong-way driver, the UHP tweeted “We attempted to hit the vehicle twice but were unsuccessful. Vehicle exited at Centerville and was hit by a local police agency. Driver was impaired.”

Image: UDOT traffic camera

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