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State Police arrest wrong-way drivers on I-696, I-94

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Farmington Hills — Michigan State Police arrested two wrong-way drivers Saturday, one on Interstate 696 and the other on Interstate 94.

Early Saturday morning, Michigan State Police arrested a 62-year-old Belleville man whom, police say, was caught driving the wrong way on I-696 in Farmington Hills.

At about 12:20 a.m., motorists called 911 to warn police of a wrong-way driver on I-696.

After police located the car on freeway cameras, the westbound car kept heading east, hitting another vehicle before police were able to pull it over.

The man was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage crash. He was arrested and is at Oakland County Jail.

About an hour later at 1:15 a.m., State Police got calls about a wrong-way driver on the Lodge Freeway in Detroit.

A state trooper responded in time to witness the vehicle enter I-94, traveling eastbound on the westbound lanes. After avoiding a collision with the driver, a trooper was able to overtake the vehicle, stopping in front of it, which forced the driver to stop.

The driver, a 39-year-old Detroit man, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and allegedly had a high level of blood alcohol content.

He is at the Detroit Detention Center, State Police said in a release on Monday morning.