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Wrong-way driver has highway patrol reminding about road safety

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A recent wrong-way driving incident has the California Highway Patrol reminding citizens to be careful on the road. The agency is urging drivers to practice safety during inclement weather. “Motorists are advised to always wear their seatbelts, use hands-free devices and reduce their speeds in an attempt to avoid collisions,” said Officer Todd Kettwig, spokesman for the CHP Gold Run Division, in a press release. “When traveling at night, be well rested and maintain a high visual horizon ahead of you to avoid changing roadway conditions that might occur.” Around 7 p.m. March 7 the Highway Patrol was contacted by several motorists alerting the agency of a wrong-way driver, Kettwig said in a release issued late last week. Kettwig said the 70-year-old man, Douglas Messier, of Sacramento, was traveling westbound in the left lane of eastbound Interstate 80 from the Drum Forebay Road over-crossing, approximately 20 miles east of the city of Colfax. Sgt. Kevin Pierce, Officer Dave Brown and Officer Tim Brown responded and stopped Messier without injuries to anyone on the road, Kettwig said. Kettwig said Messier was disoriented, lost and suffering from medical concerns, but was not under the influence of alcohol or medication. Officer Dave Brown transported Messier to his residence. ~Staff report