Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Wrong-way driver went 18 miles on Pa. road
Published January 02, 2013  Associated Press
This undated handout photo provided by the New York State Department of Transportation shows double-posted Do Not Enter and Wrong Way signs on an exit ramp. Hundreds of people are killed each a year when drivers turn the wrong-way into the face of oncoming traffic on high-speed highways, and a majority of the crashes involves drivers with blood alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit, a federal accident researcher said Tuesday. (AP Photo/New York State Department of Transportation )

DUNMORE, Pa. –  Police say a wrong-way driver ended up going 18 miles on an interstate in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barre reports police say traffic was light when it happened around 5:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, and no one was hurt.  Police responded after getting calls about a vehicle going at high speeds the wrong direction on Interstate 81 north.

Troopers say they tried unsuccessfully to get the driver's attention using emergency lights and a spot light.  Authorities say she was eventually stopped using a roadblock in Laflin, about 18 miles from where she started in Dickson City.

Police identified the driver as 22-year-old Albrightsville resident Paige Cicardo.  She's been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment.

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