It’s dark and you’re unfamiliar with where you are. Perhaps you were distracted and simply made a wrong turn. There are many reasons why someone might end up going the wrong way on the interstate. As the Washington Post reports, a wrong way police chase ended in a fiery crash in Newnan, Georgia.
The chase started when a Georgia State Patrol officer clocked a sub-compact vehicle going 118 m.p.h. on Interstate 85 southwest of Atlanta just before midnight.
Trooper Lindsey Barber tried to pull the Fiat 500 over, but the driver did not stop. Instead, the driver left the highway, ran a red light, and re-entered I-85 driving the wrong direction in an emergency lane.
The chase was over when the driver hit a concrete construction barrier. A pickup truck then knocked the vehicle into a guard rail. The vehicle then caught fire shortly after some of the passengers were able to escape.
A female passenger in the front seat was air lifted to the hospital with head injuries, a broken leg and pelvis. Three children were taken by ambulance to an Atlanta hospital. One of the children had a head injury and an injured spleen. Another child had a broken leg. The third child may have escaped injury.
The driver, Mario Dewayne Anderson, 31, remained jailed on charges of child endangerment by drunken driving and three counts of serious injury by vehicle. He also faces several other charges including eluding police and driving on a suspended license as well as driving with an open container in the vehicle.
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