Police blockade stops wrong-way driver; man in custody

Driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated, police say

San Antonio police say a wrong-way driver is in custody after being stopped by blockade just north of downtown.

SAN ANTONIO – A wrong-way driver is in custody after he was stopped by a police blockade just north of downtown early Friday morning, according to San Antonio police.

The incident began just after 4 a.m. after police received a call about the driver, who was located somewhere in the area near Interstate 10 and Loop 410 on the city’s Northwest Side.

According to police, officers set up a blockade on the highway by using their patrol cars, to either force him to slow down or stop. They said they were prepared to use spike strips if necessary.

The driver, instead, pulled off the highway, near I-10 and Cincinnati, where he was met by a team of officers. The man was given a field sobriety test at the scene.

Authorities say during that time they also had preliminary reports of another wrong-way driver following on his heels. But they say that person turned around on the highway the minute he or she saw the officers.

The driver who did stop was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. His name and age have not been released.

SAPD said no one was hurt in the incident.

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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.