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Waukesha motorist drives 15 miles in wrong highway lane

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – Milwaukee County deputies arrested a 21-year-old Waukesha man for driving the wrong-way on a freeway for more than 15 miles.

Authorities said the man was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-43 near downtown Milwaukee around 2:20 a.m. on Saturday.

A deputy tried to get the driver's attention by shining a spotlight into the vehicle after pulling up parallel to the vehicle with lights and sirens activated.

The 21-year-old driver ignored the squad car and made an abrupt U-turn in traffic.

A deputy eventually stopped the driver.  Authorities said preliminary tests showed the driver had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit.

The sheriff's office is seeking charges including first-offense drunken driving and recklessly endangering safety.

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