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Wrong Way Driver Arrested for DWI in Irving


Booking photo of Julia Crain Brooks

Irving, Texas. February 6, 2014

At approximately 11:19 p.m. tuesday night, the Irving Police Department received calls about a vehicle travelling southbound in the northbound lanes of State Highway 161 at State Highway 114.

Officers located the vehicle and attempted gain the driver’s attention, but the vehicle did not stop. The vehicle continued driving the wrong way at a high rate of speed and nearly struck other vehicles on the roadway.

During the pursuit, officers eventually deployed spike strips but the driver still refused to stop. Police shined a spotlight into her car, still she refused to stop, they said. Brooks was only stopped when an officer traveling northbound used a blocking maneuver and intentionally struck her car as she passed by him, pushing her into the center wall.

Both Brooks and the officer were uninjured in the collision. When asked why she didn't stop, Brooks slurred and told officers she did not want to go back to rehab.

The driver, 23-year-old Julia Crain Brooks, was determined to be intoxicated and taken into custody on charges of Evading Arrest with Vehicle and Driving While Intoxicated.

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