Wrong-way driver causes three wrecks on I-35W

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FORT WORTH -- A woman suspected of drunken driving led police on a wrong-way chase through two counties on Interstate 35W early Wednesday before authorities placed spikes on the highway and disabled her car, police said.

At times, the woman reached speeds of 90 mph, driving without lights, KXAS Channel 5 reported.

The woman, driving a Taurus, caused three separate wrecks on the highway, sending one person to the hospital.

A patrol car spotted the wrong-way driver at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, traveling south on northbound Interstate 35W near the downtown Fort Worth mixmaster, police said.

Authorities used a police helicopter to spotlight the woman's car and gave commands through a public-address system. The driver was southbound in the northbound lanes. Police, however, drove in the southbound lanes on the highway in an attempt to stop her.

As she sped along the highway, a white passenger car with two people inside veered into a retaining wall at Interstate 35W and Rosedale Street to avoid hitting her. One person in that car was taken to a hospital.

The wrong-way driver then clipped a Suburban near East Berry Street, but no one was injured.

The suspected drunken driver continued from Tarrant County into Burleson in Johnson County where authorities placed spikes on the highway. After going over the spikes, the wrong-way driver drove into a Burleson patrol car at Hidden Creek Parkway in Burleson and stopped.

The woman, whom police did not identify, was taken to a local hospital to have blood drawn, police said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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