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Woman travels 18 miles on wrong side of interstate

The 60-year-old Olympia woman drove in the southbound lanes of I-5 around 2 a.m., nearly hitting a truck driver, Rick Ingraham.(Source: KING/CNN) The 60-year-old Olympia woman drove in the southbound lanes of I-5 around 2 a.m., nearly hitting a truck driver, Rick Ingraham.(Source: KING/CNN)

TACOMA, WA (KING/CNN) – Authorities said a Washington woman drove nearly 18 miles going the wrong way on a highway at 100 miles an hour.

The 60-year-old Olympia woman drove in the southbound lanes of I-5 around 2 a.m., nearly hitting a truck driver, Rick Ingraham. He knew something was wrong when he saw drivers flashing their lights at him, which caused him to pull out of the fast lane.

"No sooner did I do that, a white little sedan-like vehicle comes flying by me in what would be my outside lane," Ingraham said.

Troopers said the woman topped speeds of 100 miles per hour during her drive. Washington State Patrol stopped the woman by closing I-5 at the main gate for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and using spike strips that punctured her tires.

It appeared to investigators she had been drinking and taking prescription medication.

"She didn't even know she was on the freeway and at first she couldn't grasp that had happened," Trooper Guy Gill said.

The woman bailed herself out of jail later Wednesday morning and said she did not remember a thing.

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