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Car Travels Miles Going Wrong Way on SR-52, Driver Arrested: CHP

Investigators say the wrong-way vehicle entered westbound SR-52 through the off-ramp at Regents.

A sedan drove the wrong way up an off-ramp and kept driving for approximately two miles on State Route 52 before crashing, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers said. 

The crash happened on westbound SR-52 near the Interstate 805 junction at approximately 7:57 p.m.

A woman behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris drove for at least two miles going in the wrong direction before colliding with a Honda HRV, officers said. 

The force of the impact sheared off the front end of the Toyota however, the driver was not injured. 

The Honda driver walked away with aches and pains.

CHP Sgt. Dan Kyle credited her skills behind the wheel for saving her life.

The driver “saw what was coming, got over the initial shock right away, really kept her head about her and turned in the proper direction,” Kyle said.

The Toyota driver was given a field sobriety test and then handcuffed on the scene, walked to the squad car and arrested for suspicion of DUI.

Investigators say the wrong-way vehicle entered the freeway through the off-ramp at Regents. 

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