Wrong-way driver arrested for DUI after crashing through I-5 roadblock

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - A suspected DUI driver is under arrest after driving the wrong way down Interstate 5 for 19 miles and then crashing through a roadblock into multiple vehicles, the Washington State Patrol said.

The incident unfolded Wednesday at about 4:10 a.m. when the wrong-way driver, a 28-year-old Covington man, was spotted heading south in the northbound lanes of I-5 in Whatcom County.

The driver disregarded multiple attempts from law enforcement to be stopped. A state trooper drove parallel to the wrong-way suspect in the southbound lanes and then called in a request for a roadblock.

A roadblock was set up on I-5 near Kincaid Street in Mount Vernon, but the wrong-way driver plowed right through it and crashed into a Subaru and a semi truck.

The wrong-way driver was trapped inside his car, a maroon 1987 Pontiac Fiero, after the crashes and had to be extricated by firefighters. His car was totaled.

The driver was then taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. He is considered to be in custody for investigation of DUI and reckless driving.

The occupants of the Subaru and semi truck were not injured, but the Subaru was totaled. No troopers were injured during the incident.

The northbound lanes of I-5 were closed at the scene for a time after the crashes, but have since reopened.