Recently, police pursued a driver who was reportedly traveling the wrong way on Interstate 44 for 20 miles before finally getting him to stop. The man who police say was driving the car is suspected of DWI.
St. Louis County police began receiving reports of a car going the wrong way on I-44 at a little after 2 a.m. The police found the white Chevy on I-44 near Highway 44 in Valley Park. After about 20 minutes, authorities were finally able to get to the driver to stop and turn around to face the right way. This occurred near Eureka, between the Lewis Road and Beaumont-Antire exits. The car turned around in the center median in an emergency turnaround area, according to reports.
In addition to the driver, there were two other people, a woman and another man, in the car. Police say that no one was hurt, and the car did not hit anyone during the time it was traveling the wrong way.
Police believe the man may have been impaired while he was behind the wheel, but reports did not indicate if any chemical or field sobriety tests were conducted at the scene. A charge of DWI can come about if a police officer has reason to suspect that the driver was intoxicated. However, an arrest does not indicate guilt, and officers must adhere to certain rules when detaining a person. Those who are charged with DWI might be able to challenge the evidence and fight the charges in court. Possible defense strategies might include a challenge to the accuracy of blood alcohol tests, highlighting a failure on the part of the officer to inform the defendant of their rights, or other misconduct on the part of the arresting officer.
Source: FOX 2 Now, “Suspected drunk driver heads wrong way on I-44 for almost 20 miles“, Chris Regnier, March 14, 2014