A UHP trooper in Davis County used his patrol car to forcibly stop an intoxicated driver who was traveling in the wrong direction on I-15.
At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, it was reported that the vehicle was driving south on I-15 in the northbound lanes of travel, officials said. A trooper, who was positioned south of the reported location, was able to alert northbound motorists of the emergency situation by performing a traffic slowdown.
The wrong-way vehicle was observed colliding with the center barrier on the interstate, but the driver wasn’t deterred. As the trooper was heading to the crash, he noticed the vehicle continuing on in the wrong direction, according to the Highway Patrol.
In response, the trooper slowed his vehicle and, as the wrong-way driver approached, the trooper hit the driver’s vehicle on the driver’s side rear-panel, causing the vehicle to spin around and become disabled. Dashcam video in the media player above shows the trooper’s perspective as he executes the PIT maneuver – a law enforcement precision immobilization or pursuit intervention technique.
Officials said no injuries were reported during the ordeal, and that the wrong-way driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI.