OSP cites Klamath Falls woman in wrong-way trip

Oregon State Police have cited a Klamath Falls woman who drove from Grants Pass to Central Point on the wrong side of Interstate 5 early Saturday morning.

Christine L. Koehn, 53, was taken to a Medford hospital for a medical and mental evaluation after troopers finally stopped her shortly after 3 a.m. near the Blackwell interchange.

She was then cited to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court to face charges of reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

OSP was notified of the wrong-way driver heading south in the northbound lanes just south of Grants Pass at 2:52 a.m. Saturday.

A trooper traveling southbound spotted the vehicle near Rogue River but couldn't keep it in sight. The trooper came across a driver with a possible minor injury who had been involved in a collision with the wrong-way driver. At least one other motorist was forced off the freeway by the errant driver.

OSP stopped northbound traffic at mile 31 to keep other travelers safely out of the path of the 2009 Nissan Rogue headed in the wrong direction.

Officers from Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Medford Police Department set up in the Central Point area near milepost 35 and milepost 31 to try to stop the vehicle by damaging its tires with spike strips, but a trooper found the car stopped farther north.

— Anita Burke


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