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Wrong-way driver hospitalized for evaluation after 20-mile trip

A woman drove all the way from Grants Pass to Central Point on the wrong side of Interstate 5 Saturday morning, a distance of about 20 miles, Oregon State Police reported.

At approximately 2:52 a.m. Saturday, OSP troopers were notified of a wrong-way vehicle heading south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 54, south of Grants Pass. OSP troopers from Grants Pass and Central Point spanned out on the freeway to try and find the vehicle as additional calls from other motorists came in.

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.

OSP troopers continued looking for the vehicle — reported to be traveling at a high rate of speed — as officers from Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Medford Police Department established locations in the Central Point area near milepost 35 and milepost 31 to set up spike strips. A trooper stopped northbound traffic near milepost 31 to prevent drivers from encountering the wrong-way vehicle.

At approximately 3:08 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped the vehicle near milepost 36 and detained the driver. The driver was later taken to an area hospital for a medical and mental evaluation.

Police did not release the woman's name.

Troopers found at least one other motorist who was run off the freeway, but that person did not report any injuries.