Wrong-way DUI suspect injures 4

October 8, 2012

In a scene out of a video game, a Los Banos woman allegedly drove from Paso Robles to Atascadero in the wrong direction on Highway 101 causing multiple car crashes along the way [KSBY].

Officers arrested Delia Ortiz, 27, around 2 a.m. Sunday for driving the wrong way on a divided highway, driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injuries.

After spotting Ortiz driving southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 101 near 24th Street in Paso Robles, drivers began calling 911.

California Highway Patrol officers did not catch up with the Dodge Nitro until Ortiz had driven to San Anselmo Road in Atascadero. At first, officers could not convince the intoxicated, wrong-way driver to stop, even with the use of warning lights, sirens, spotlights and a public address system.

Ortiz finally stopped in the median just north of Santa Barbara Road, outside of Atascadero, but not before causing multiple accidents. Two cars crashed just south of Highway 41 as they tried to avoid Ortiz, and about a minute later a Chevy Tahoe flipped over while trying to avoid her.

The driver of the Tahoe was not hurt, but four passengers were treated for minor injuries. Ortiz received no injuries.

Officers booked her into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.


9 Comments

  1. Ted Slanders says:

    It’s to bad there isn’t an absolute law where this dumbfounded Sister of Eve’s license is completely taken away, and her car impounded and sold, to never drive again, period! Plus, five years in jail for endangering innocent drivers.

    While we at it, have her tubes tied as well so she can’t pass on her flawed genes. Oh yeah, if she is local, put her picture on a billboard along highway 101 describing her DUI incident for all to see. Then, dye her hair bright pink signifying that she was a DUI participant that caused many needless accidents and injuries.

    Have an ankle bracelet affixed to her where she is shocked to the ground and knocked out if she even gets close to an automobile. Give her thrice a week blood tests for alcohol when she gets out of jail, if she doesn’t pass, it’s another year in jail. Have her roomy in jail be a Large Marge of 400 pounds plus, and Marge sleeps on the top bunk for further stress to her.

    Did I forget anything else?

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  2. r0y says:

    Sorry to hear about the accidents, and I am glad no one was hurt.

    That said, I just CANNOT resist: You’re going the wrong way!

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  3. TaxMeAgain says:

    So BOTH accidents were AFTER initial contact with the police. Hmmm..

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  4. Cindy says:

    “Ortiz finally stopped in the median just north of Santa Barbara Road, outside of Atascadero”

    Isn’t “just north” of Santa Barbara Road, Atascadero?

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  5. Cindy says:

    WOW BTDT, That is a freaky story to say the least. I don’t think I would have just kept driving so as not to alarm the other driver though. I think my instinct would have been to try and pull over on the shoulder or slow down to a crawl. However you’re right, the other driver doesn’t know that they’re in the wrong lane so odds are that they’ll just pass you by. In this instance she obviously went rather far before she encountered two cars that were both traveling in very close vicinity to each other.

    Apart from her being DUI and in the wrong lane on the 101, what really makes me angry is the fact that she drove from San Anselmo (where CHP caught up with her) all the way to Santa Barbara Road ignoring the CHP who were trying to stop her by all means possible, they must have had their hearts up in their throats. It’s a good thing that I’m not in LE because I think I would have wanted to smack the daylights out of her once I caught her.

    P.S. Looks like the thumbs down troll is around again.

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    • SLOTECH90 says:

      “wanting to smack the daylights out of her,,,” obviously qualifies you for work in law enforcement. Put
      your application in at the SLO Sheriff’s Dept. ASAP.

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  6. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    The best thing to do in these situations, is to NOT panic. The drunk driver usually is unaware (obviously) that they are going the wrong way. I had a situation happen to me back in ’82. I was driving west on the Interstate in Montana, returning home from a vacation. It was about the same time, two or three in the morning. It was two lanes in each direction. Long story short, a wrong way driver was in the fast lane coming at me. I was in the slow lane. My first thought was to not panic or do anything to panic them. I held the wheel securely and stayed in my lane and they passed right by me in the fast lane. Yes I still about wanted to sh*t myself but got through it.

    No I don’t know what happened. This was before cell phones and the next exit was still about two to five miles away. By the time I would have got to phone and where he could have been who knows. I said a quick prayer to pray that this guy got off the road before he did any damage.

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