Guy drives wrong way on I-70 near Glenwood for 7 miles |

Guy drives wrong way on I-70 near Glenwood for 7 miles

garfield county correspondent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A Rifle police officer was “surprised and shocked” to see a man driving east in the westbound lanes on Interstate 70 around 12:15 a.m. Sunday, Police Chief Daryl Meisner said.

Police said the officer was returning to Rifle after a prison transport at the Garfield County Jail in Glenwood Springs, when he had to pull off the highway east of New Castle into the shoulder to avoid colliding with the vehicle driving the wrong way.

The vehicle then turned around and began heading in the right direction near mile marker 112. The officer contacted the vehicle and arrested 37-year-old Matthew Johnson of Montrose for DUI and unlawful possession of a firearm after noticing signs of intoxication. Johnson was released to the Colorado State Patrol. It’s illegal to possess any firearm while intoxicated, and the man had a revolver in his car, Meisner said.

The officer learned the man had been driving the wrong way on the highway for about seven miles, a police blotter report said.

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