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Man accused of DUI after alleged wrong way I-664 event

A Newport News, Virginia, man is accused of driving under the influence --and a series of other charges--after an alleged wrong way driving incident on Interstate 664. Virginia Police say that the man was involved in more than one car accident during the event, including an accident with two police cars.

Authorities claim that a 2006 Toyota Tacoma was heading the wrong way on I-664 around 11:00 Monday night. Police say the Tacoma crashed into as many as seven vehicles while traveling south in the northbound lanes as the Tacoma crossed the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. Authorities say the driver of the Tacoma made a U-turn at some point and headed back north in the northbound lanes toward the Monitor-Merrimac.

Law enforcement offered some sort of pursuit and attempted to stop the Tacoma, according to the Virginia State Police. Law enforcement says the Tacoma struck state police vehicles several times while officers attempted to block in the moving Toyota.

State Police say that troopers stopped the Toyota at Jefferson Avenue and Dresden Drive in Newport News. Authorities arrested a 56-year-old Newport News, Virginia, man on a slate of charges after the traffic stop.

The man accused of the wrong way event faces DUI charges in Newport News in the wake of the incident. Tacked on to the DUI charges are allegations of reckless driving, eluding, damaging a state vehicle and felony hit and run charges. He is also facing charges in Suffolk, where authorities accuse the man of reckless driving and eight counts of hit and run.

The man was booked into the Newport News City Jail after his arrest.

Source: The Virginian-Pilot, "Newport News man charged in crashes on I-664," Lauren King, July 31, 2012

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