Authorities have arrested a man from Georgia they say drove the wrong way on Interstate 26 near Weaverville, resulting in a tractor-trailer overturning and personal injuries being suffered.
Police arrested 31-year-old Winterville, Georgia resident Jon Frederick Cooper on charges of reckless driving, DWI, and felony hit-and-run. The citation filed at the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office says that his blood-alcohol measured 0.23 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
The accident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. on eastbound I-26 near the exit for Flat Creek. Cooper was westbound in the eastbound lanes in a Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle, according to Trooper R.E. Baker of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The tractor-trailer’s driver saw the oncoming vehicle and attempted to swerve to avoid it, but ran off the road and overturned, resulting in both eastbound lanes being blocked.
Cooper fled the scene on foot, but he was apprehended a short time later in a wooded area not far from the scene.
The tractor-trailer driver received transport to Mission Hospital. His name was not immediately made available.