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Police keep wrong-way Interstate 25 driver from causing head-on wreck

Published On: Feb 13 2013 05:50:47 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 14 2013 02:16:38 AM CST

Police avert serious situation; driver arrested on suspicion of DUI.


Police from all over Colorado Springs teamed up to keep a wrong-way driver on Interstate 25 from causing a serious wreck.

Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, police were called about a driver headed south on the interstate in northbound lanes near Nevada Avenue.

Police tried to stop him but he swerved around a patrol car from the Falcon Division and kept heading south.

A new plan was formed to keep him in the left-hand lane of the interstate and use a device to deflate the tires of the car.

Two patrol officers from the Gold Hills substation were able to keep the driver on track and get him to drive over the spikes. Meanwhile, two other patrol officers were able to get northbound traffic to stop between Fillmore and Fontanero streets.

One witness who was on the interstate at the time said the one patrol officer signaled his lights then swerved slowly across the three lanes of traffic. The maneuver got everyone to slow from speeds of 65 mph to a stop without anyone smashing into each other.

"We had a lot of officers on the interstate with lights and sirens so traffic was already starting to move to the right lane and slow things down before we actually got close enough to (the wrong-way driver,)" said Patrol Sgt. Rick Bubacz of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

All told, seven CSPD officers and one community resource officer responded. A police spokesman said a state trooper and an ICE agent were also involved.

Police were able to detain the man behind the wheel and sent him to the hospital. Scott Loos, 49, was later arrested and accused of driving under the influence of drugs.

The interstate was reopened shortly after the pursuit ended, with just the left-hand lane blocked.


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