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Drunk driver travels wrong side of I-70

Steve Lynn
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

VAIL ” A drunken out-of-towner was caught driving on the wrong side of Interstate 70 on Vail Pass in the wee hours of Monday morning, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Michael Jones, 27, of Flagstaff, Ariz., reportedly drove into oncoming traffic for at least three and a half miles up the westbound lanes of Vail Pass in his 1990 Subaru station wagon before he was pulled over, Trooper Don Kettle said. The incident occurred at about 12:30 a.m.

Jones was so drunk he did not know he was near Vail, could not say where he came from or how he got on the wrong side of the highway, Kettle said.

“All he could say was that he was at Breckenridge and that he was going back to Breckenridge,” the trooper said.

A witness said Jones was driving “fast,” but the State Patrol did not know how fast.

Charges against Jones include driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, Kettle said.

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Jones was taken to a detoxification center in Glenwood Springs. No one was injured and no property was damaged, according to the patrol.