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Cops stop wrong-way driver on U.S. 321

May 9, 2012

Authorities prevented danger late Tuesday when they stopped a lost 87-year-old driver who traveled north for at least six miles in the southbound lanes of U.S. 321.

Maiden police officers and Lincoln County sheriff's deputies helped direct the driver, a Salisbury woman, to the roadside about 7:30 p.m. near mile marker 30 in Catawba County.

According to the sheriff's office, the woman was driving at about 35 mph in the wrong direction of a 65 mph zone.

A sheriff's deputy activated his car's blue lights and siren as he traveled behind the woman, but the maneuver did not get her attention.

Other officers used their lights to alert oncoming vehicles in the southbound lanes of the highway, and an officer drove through a median to pull ahead of the wrong-way driver and stop her.

The woman told officers she had been in Charlotte for the day, was traveling back to Salisbury and got lost.

Authorities said the woman's driver's license was revoked.

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