Oct 7, 2012 4:17 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Four people injured after woman drives wrong way on Highway 101

A Los Banos woman was arrested early Sunday morning after she allegedly drove the wrong way on Highway 101 in North County, causing multiple vehicle collisions.

Just after 2 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officers say they began receiving calls about a driver going southbound on the northbound side of Highway 101 near 24th Street in Paso Robles.

Officers say it was around San Anselmo in Atascadero when they caught up with the Dodge Nitro, driven by 27-year-old Delia Ortiz, and they used warning lights, sirens, spotlights and a public address system, but Ortiz did not stop.

Just south of Highway 41, two cars crashed into each other as they tried to avoid Ortiz's vehicle. No one was injured in that collision, but about a minute later, a Chevy Tahoe overturned while also trying to avoid the wrong-way driver.

The driver of the Tahoe was not hurt, but all four passengers were treated for minor and moderate injuries.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department and the CHP says they were eventually able to stop Ortiz in the median just north of Santa Barbara Road, near Atascadero.

Ortiz was arrested for driving the wrong way on a divided highway, and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injuries, which are both felonies.

She was not injured, and was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.



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