NHP: Wrong-way driver travels nearly 10 miles on I-80 through Sparks, Reno

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A wrong-way driver traveled nearly 10 miles on Interstate 80 throughout Sparks and Reno early Thursday morning.

According to Trooper Matt McLaughlin with the Nevada Highway Patrol, dispatch started receiving calls a white full-size van that was traveling westbound in the eastbound travel lanes on I-80 from Rock Blvd. just before 2:45 a.m. on July 12.

A trooper monitoring a local construction site near Keystone Avenue was able to catch up with the driver and attempted to stop the driver.

The driver ultimately hit the NHP trooper causing minor damage. McLaughlin says the driver also struck a number of other cars while travelling in the wrong direction.

The wrong-way driver continued travelling westbound in the eastbound direction until the area of North McCarran Boulevard in west Reno when the driver crossed the dirt median and started traveling in the right direction.

According to McLaughlin, the driver took the exit at Robb Drive too fast and ended up crashing on the off-ramp.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was ultimately arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

This is a developing story. Check back with us for updates.

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