Ashley man drives vehicle wrong direction on I-81

By Jennifer Learn-Andes - | May 8th, 2016 8:09 am

Ashley resident Joseph Peter Colson faces charges for driving the wrong direction on Interstate 81 in the Wilkes-Barre area around 3 a.m. Saturday, causing a crash, police said.

According to a release from State Police at Wyoming:

Colson, 50, got onto the southbound interstate at the Blackman Street exit and headed north in his Honda Civic.

He then swerved into the passenger side of an oncoming tractor trailer driven by Scott Jonell, 33, of Riverside, California.

The tractor trailer stopped in the center median, and Colson’s Civic was disabled in the left lane of the interstate.

Colson was not wearing a seat belt and was transported to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Plains Township for treatment.

Police discovered Colson was under the influence of “an alcoholic type beverage” during the investigation.

The release said “appropriate” charges will be filed.

By Jennifer Learn-Andes

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