Wrong-way driver on I-75 in Cheboygan Co. charged with drunken driving

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A woman has been charged after driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 in northern Michigan, officials said Friday.

Natalie Thompson, 58, of Merritt has been arraigned in a Cheboygan County court for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol a third time, the Michigan State Police said.


A judge set her bond at $25,000 and scheduled her next court appearance for Thursday. If convicted she faces up to five years in prison. 

Officials said troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Gaylord were called at about 7 p.m. Thursday to respond to reports of a driver traveling north in I-75's southbound lanes in Cheboygan County.

Troopers located the vehicle at the 301st mile marker as it approached them in the southbound lanes, head-on. Their patrol vehicle had its lights and sirens on and the driver slowed down, stopped and then continued in the wrong direction as it passed the troopers, authorities said.

The troopers got behind the suspect's vehicle. The driver then pulled over to the shoulder, officials said.

Troopers spoke with the female driver and saw signs she was intoxicated. The woman told troopers she didn't know where she was and didn't know she had been traveling in the wrong direction of the freeway.

Sobriety tests were administered by the troopers, who also searched the suspect's vehicle and found an opened bottle of vodka.


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