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Wrong way driver leads to wild chase on Highway 101 in Ventura County

CHP unit tries to ram car headed wrong way on 101 in Oxnard and Ventura.

There were some terrifying moments on a section of Highway 101 in the Tri-Counties, when a driver drove for several miles on the wrong side of the freeway.

It happened at around 2 a.m. Saturday in Ventura County. CHP investigators say they received reports of a car headed northbound on the southbound side of the 101 near Oxnard Boulevard. Some CHP cars ran a traffic break, to try to clear the highway.

A CHP unit spotted the wrong way driver, and tried to clip the rear of it to stop the vehicle. The effort failed. Moments later, the wrong-way driver approached a southbound car. The driver of that car swerved off the highway, and crashed. Fortunately, the driver wasn’t seriously injured.

CHP officers say the wrong way driver then tried to cross the center median of Highway 101 at the Highway 33 interchange in Ventura, and became stuck. They say they arrested Adrian Garcia of Ventura on a DUI charge, and for driving on the wrong side of a highway causing injury.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.