Officers stop wrong-way vehicle on Hwy 18

Vehicle on wrong side of road
(Source KAIT)
(Source KAIT)
(Source KAIT)
(Source KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Officers from the Craighead County Sheriff's Department stopped a man driving on the wrong side of the road Thursday.

The driver may have been driving erratically, but he wasn't committing a crime.  He was in need of saving.

At about 10:00 Thursday morning, 911 was flooded with phone calls about a car driving on the wrong side of the road on Highway 18.

Craighead County sheriff's deputy Jamey Carter and Captain Justin Rolland responded to the incident.

The two discovered the driver of a white Ford Ranger driving east in the westbound lane just outside of Lake City.

After attempting to get the vehicle to stop, they discovered the driver was having medical issues and knew they needed to get the slow-moving vehicle stopped immediately.

"Captain Rolland got in front of the vehicle while I maintained a visual from the oncoming traffic and performed a rolling stop. We got the vehicle stopped, they did actually make contact with each other, but we were doing five miles an hour at the time," said Deputy Jamey Carter with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department.

Both Rolland and Carter said the number of 911 calls from concerned citizens helped them locate the man quickly and get him the medical assistance he needed.

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