Wrong-Way Driver Arrested On BA Expressway, Thanks To Alert Deputy


Wednesday, September 9th 2015, 6:26 am
By: News On 6


Law enforcement officers from two agencies worked together to arrest a Tulsa man they say was driving the wrong way on the Broken Arrow Expressway Tuesday evening.  

The sheriff's office said a deputy spotted a 2011 BMW heading east in the westbound lanes near Utica in downtown Tulsa just after 8:30 p.m.  

The deputy, Sergeant John Harris, turned around and followed the car, while radioing for help and using his emergency equipment to warn other drivers.

The sheriff's office notified the Tulsa Police Department, which shut down westbound traffic on the BA at Interstate 44. Deputies and officers stopped the car there and arrested the driver.

They identified him as Matthew Lewis, 29. Police said Lewis told officers he had had "eight drinks" prior to being stopped.  

They booked Matthew Lewis into the Tulsa County jail on complaints of aggravated DUI and driving in the wrong direction. At the jail, police said Lewis had a blood alcohol content of 0.23. 

Jail records show his bond was $1,600 with a court appearance set for September 15.