TACOMA, Wash. -- Amazing. A miracle. Odd.
That s how drivers and police described a woman s trip on I-5 early Wednesday morning.
According to the Washington State Patrol (WSP), a 60-year-old Olympia woman drove nearly 18 miles north, in the southbound lanes of I-5 around 2 a.m.
She nearly ran into Rick Ingraham, a truck driver.
It s probably a miracle if you ask me, said Ingraham, who had just moved out of the fast lane after drivers in the opposite direction on I-5 flashed their lights at him. No sooner did I do that did a white little sedan come flying by me.
Troopers said the woman topped speeds of 100 miles per hour during her drive.
WSP stopped the woman by closing I-5 at the main gate for Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
A spike strip punctured one of her tires.
It appeared to investigators she had been drinking and taking prescription medication.
She couldn t even grasp what had just happened, she was amazed by it, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill.
A man at the woman s house in Olympia said she does not know or remember what happened.
Investigators said the woman has no prior convictions.