SAN ANTONIO – A man who police said was drunk and driving the wrong way hit two cars on Interstate 10 West early Friday, leaving a 26-year-old woman seriously injured.
Police said the man was traveling east on the westbound lanes of I-10 around 2:20 a.m., when his Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into the side of a car near Culebra Road.
A witness tried to get the driver out of the pickup, but the man drove off and hit a second car a quarter-mile away near Interstate 35, police said.
The man was arrested on a charge of intoxication assault. Police said it was the man’s third DWI arrest.
He reportedly was so drunk that officers at the scene said that the man couldn’t remember the bar where he had came from.
“You know what? Unfortunately, I’m not surprised,” said Officer Doug Greene, a San Antonio police spokesman.
Greene said that dispatchers have about two calls a week for wrong-way drivers. More often than not, the drivers are not caught.
Wrong-way drivers hit close to home for the San Antonio Police Department. Officer Stephanie Ann Brown was killed in a wrong-way crash in 2011.
“For our police department, it’s personal,” Greene said. “I think they (drivers) are being selfish. They are not taking into account (that) they could be hurting someone else.”
According to statistics provided by SAPD, there 113 wrong-way crashes this year through August. During the same period in 2015, there were 111 similar crashes.
Greene offers advice for motorists who spot a wrong-way driver. He suggests calling 911 immediately. Greene said that in an emergency, motorists can use their cellphones while driving without fear of getting a ticket.
Another tip for drivers is to stay in the far right lane when driving at night, Green said. A wrong-way driver, who may be drunk, will think it’s the slow lane and avoid it.