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Wrong-way driver faces DUI charge in New Mexico

Created: 05/19/2014 10:55 AM
By: The Associated Press

SAN FELIPE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana woman only suffered minor injuries after her vehicle went the wrong way down a New Mexico interstate, colliding head-on with a Fed-Ex semi-truck.

New Mexico State Police say calls to 911 came in around 4:15 a.m. Saturday reporting a wrong-way driver on I-25 near San Felipe.

Officers say 20-year-old Elizabeth Elliot drove northbound on southbound lanes and then collided with the semi. They say her vehicle came to a rest on the right shoulder. Police say the Fed-Ex driver was not injured.

Authorities say Elliot, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, showed signs of being intoxicated. She was booked into Sandoval County Detention Center on four charges including DWI and reckless driving.

Police are investigating how she was able to obtain alcohol despite being underage.

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