A San Francisco woman was arrested early Friday after a wild wrong-way drive down Highway 101 in Marin, the California Highway Patrol said.
The incident began at around 12:10 a.m. in the northbound lanes of 101 near the Sonoma-Marin County line.
A CHP officer received a call about a driver coming toward him going the wrong way. He began a traffic break to slow traffic when he noticed cars ahead breaking and veering to the right to avoid a white Toyota Camry that was coming at them head-on in the fast lane.
Fearing for the safety of other motorists, the CHP officer positioned his vehicle with fully activated emergency lights directly in front of the wrong way vehicle in an attempt to stop it.
The driver of the Toyota veered to the right into center divider and drove around the patrol vehicle almost striking it.
Following the near miss, the CHP officer made a U-turn at San Antonio Road and began traveling southbound in the southbound lanes, paralleling the Toyota.
Officers determined the Toyota was traveling at speeds of 40-50 MPH and requested officers assisting with a construction zone safety detail just north of them stop all traffic traveling northbound.
The officers paralleling the Toyota continued for approximately ½ mile next to the Toyota before it slowed enough that they were able to exit their vehicle, jump over the center divider, and enter the unlocked passenger door where they turned the vehicle off and removed the keys.
The driver – 46-year-old Sofia Kalaveras -- was detained and assisted into the CHP vehicle. She was booked in Marin County jail on DUI charges.
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