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PSP: Woman drove south for 18 miles on I81 North


February 20. 2013 12:22AM
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DUNMORE - Pennsylvania State Police at Dunmore reported that a 22-year-old woman drove from Dickson City south to Laflin on Interstate 81 North at about 5:37 a.m. on New Year's Day.

After receiving calls, state police observed the vehicle traveling at high speeds in the left lane of Interstate 81 North. Troopers traveling in southbound lanes tried unsuccessfully to get the driver's attention by using emergency lights and a spot light.

When those efforts failed, troopers raced to get to a crossover about one mile away where the vehicle was eventually stopped by using a rolling road block, according to a release issued this morning. She drove from mile marker 191 in Dickson City to 173.7 in Laflin, the release stated.

It was a miracle the operator and her passenger, or any motorist were not killed or injured severely from this incident, troopers noted. Due to the New Year's Day holiday, traffic was light on the interstate or the outcome could have been worse.

The driver, identified as Paige Cicardo, 22, of Azalea Drive, Albrightsville, was arrested under the suspicion of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment. She was taken to Moses Taylor Hospital for a blood-alcohol test and then transported to the Lackawanna County Processing Center.

No information on her bail or a preliminary hearing were immediately available.


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