Wrong-way driver causes officer to wreck on I-90

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Idaho State Police say a wrong-way driver on I-90 caused a number of crashes, including a wreck involving a police officer in Coeur d'Alene Sunday evening.

Rick Revis said he was driving westbound on I-90 from 4th of July Pass when he noticed a woman in a newer Mitsubishi Eclipse driving westbound in the eastbound lanes near the Sherman exit at about 9:00 Sunday night.

Revis watched as the woman accelerated as a police officer approached her head on with his lights and sirens activated as she approached the Northwest Boulevard exit. Revis said the officer had to swerve, sending the cruiser into a near 180 degree spin on the freeway.

Revis sped up to get the woman's attention, honking his horn and waving his arms in hopes she would realize what she was going the wrong way. He said the woman had to be driving anywhere from 85 to 95 miles per hour.

Revis said another officer dodged the oncoming car a few exits later. The woman was still driving the wrong way when Revis exited the freeway at Ramsey Road.

Troopers say a Coeur d'Alene Police officer trying to stop the driver wrecked his cruiser on the interstate, but was uninjured.

ISP believes the wrong-way driver also caused at least two other crashes before officers were able to stop the vehicle near milepost 10.