Wrong-way I-5 driver took oxycodone, prosecutors say

Wrong-way I-5 driver took oxycodone, prosecutors say

Wrong-way I-5 driver took oxycodone, prosecutors say

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 12 at 8:05 PM

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Olympia woman accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 Wednesday morning had oxycodone in her system at the time, prosecutors said.

Pamela Drawsby pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge Thursday, but Thurston County prosecutors said her blood alcohol level was 0.12 when she was pulled over and she had taken oxycodone.

Drawsby is a retired school teacher.

Troopers finally stopped Drawsby's car near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, nearly 18 miles after she got onto the southbound lanes of I-5 going north, sometimes reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.

Passing cars flashed their lights at Drawsby, but troopers said she appeared amazed when she got out of the car.

 

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