Wrong-way driver evades state police cruiser on I-91 in Hartford

Police are asking for the public’s help after a wrong-way driver struck a police cruiser on I-91 in Hartford early Saturday morning.
Published: Jan. 15, 2023 at 10:32 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2023 at 6:32 AM EST
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) - Police are asking for the public’s help after a wrong-way driver evaded a state police cruiser on I-91 in Hartford early Sunday morning.

The incident happened on I-91 North around 2:45 in the morning, state police say.

The driver was heading south in the northbound lane when the trooper tried to evade the vehicle, hitting the driver’s side door.

The wrong-way driver continued north and left the highway off of Exit 35.

Based on the dash cam footage, CSP Trooper Pedro Muniz said, “The trooper attempted to position himself in a way, not directly in front of the wrong way driver but close enough to where the wrong way driver was going the wrong way and the trooper was trying to stop him.”

Instead of stopping, the driver of the vehicle struck the cruiser causing damage to both cars then left the scene.

Muniz said “we’re trained to go towards the wrong way driver and use our lights and/or sirens, whatever we can to safely stop that driver to try to slow them down.”

Channel 3 crews also spoke with law enforcement expert Lt. Paul Vance about this wrong way driving incident.

“We always insisted that people driving at night should avoid the far left lane on any interstate highway,” Lt. Vance said. “A disoriented driver or even an intoxicated driver, going the wrong way will be coming in the left lane. Stay out of it. Stay as far to the right as you can.”

Watch the trooper’s dash cam footage here:

Prior to the state trooper noticing the wrong way driver, there were many 911 calls reporting the vehicle.

Police recommend that any situation of wrong way driving should be reported.

The car is described as a dark colored four door sedan with damage on the driver’s side. Police did not obtain a license plate number.

Police are asking anyone who might have seen this vehicle to contact Troop H at (860) 534-1000.