No one was injured when a 52-year-old man drove the wrong way on I-235 for more than two miles in west Wichita early Thursday morning, authorities said.
The man was spotted using a ramp at Central to head south in the northbound lanes of I-235 just before 3:30 a.m., Sedgwick County Emergency Communications director Diane Gage said. Other motorists — among them a former Wichita police officer — alerted 911 as the white Land Rover continued south.
The driver exited I-235 at K-42, where he turned around to go north in the northbound lanes. He was then pulled over by law enforcement officers and arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and driving under the influence, among other alleged offenses.
A Breathalyzer analysis taken at 4:48 a.m. showed the driver had a blood alcohol content of .18, which is above the legal limit, police records show. He has two previous convictions for driving under the influence.
Wrong-way driving has resulted in at least 28 deaths in the past six years, records show.
Four people died on March 15 in a crash on the Kansas Turnpike caused by a driver going the wrong way.
Gregory William Davis, 27, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the turnpike near the Belle Plaine service area. His vehicle hit an SUV head-on, killing Kyoung Yeon Chae and her children, 17-year-old Yuna Choi and 9-year-old Seo Won Choi. Hana Choi, Yuna's twin sister, was paralyzed in the crash.
Davis, who was killed, was driving under the influence at the time of the crash, blood tests showed.