I-35 wrong-way driver arrested
March 16, 2017
On Saturday, March 11, just before 3 a.m., Carlton County dispatch received numerous calls in regard to a wrong-way driver on Interstate 35 in Carlton County.
The callers first reported the vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lane of I-35 near Highway 33. A Carlton County Sheriffs Office deputy responded and attempted to locate the vehicle.
Calls continued to come in updating law enforcement of the wrong-way driver's location. Near mile marker 225 on I-35, law enforcement located the wrong-way vehicle still traveling southbound in the northbound lane. The deputy continued to parallel the vehicle from the southbound lane, while the suspect vehicle encountered numerous vehicles traveling northbound.
The deputy was able to parallel near the Barnum overpass located at mile marker 220 of I-35. The deputy had his emergency lights and siren activated at this time. The driver of the vehicle looked at the deputy and continued to drive. The suspect vehicle then drove into the median of I-35 for a period of time and back onto I-35.
With communication between the Carlton County deputy and a Moose Lake Police Department officer, it was determined there was no northbound traffic approaching. The Carlton County deputy crossed into the northbound lane behind the suspect vehicle and within a short amount of time used the Pursuit Intervention Tactic (PIT) and was able to stop the vehicle from further travel.
A 29-year-old male from Superior, Wisconsin, was arrested and brought to the Carlton County Jail for third degree DWI, reckless driving, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, and wrong-way driving.
The Carlton County Sheriffs Office was assisted by the Moose Lake Police Department and numerous callers reporting the incident. Alcohol was a factor in the incident.