Driver Arrested For DUI Was Going Wrong Way On I-80

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A driver headed the wrong way on Interstate 80 led Nebraska State Patrol troopers on a short and slow pursuit Wednesday morning.

A trooper spotted the vehicle traveling east in the westbound lanes in Lincoln just before 1:30 a.m. The trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver wouldn’t stop. She turned around and headed west in the eastbound lanes.

Spike strips were set up a mile away, which flattened all four tires once she drove over them. The driver then turned around, this time heading east in the eastbound lanes for a short distance before losing control of the vehicle, which went off the road, struck a sign and came to a stop.

The driver, 25-year-old Leahlia Beatty of Beaver Crossing, was taken to the Lancaster County Jail on charges of flight to avoid arrest, driving under the influence, driving left of center and careless driving.

The pursuit lasted approximately 10 minutes and reached speeds of 40 mph.


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