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.