Two Irving Squad Cars Hit By Wrong-Way Driver

By Giles Hudson,

IRVING/GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Two Irving Police officers escaped injury Tuesday night after a woman driving the wrong way at high speeds hit them along State Highway 161.

Irving officers told CBS 11 they were notified around 11:20 p.m. that a woman was driving the wrong-way – travelling south in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near State Highway 114.

While one group of officers pursued her at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour in the southbound lanes, another officer approached the suspect in the northbound lanes and was struck by the woman’s SUV near Conflans Road in Irving.

The woman kept driving … heading south of I-30 and ran over spike strips deployed by police.  A second Irving officer’s car was hit as he performed a pit maneuver to physically stop the woman with his vehicle near Marshall Drive in Grand Prairie.

The woman was taken into custody and faces a charge of driving while intoxicated.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the chase ran about 14 miles and lasted 11 minutes.

No one was hurt in either of the accidents.

The name of the arrested woman was not available early Wednesday.

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