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Wrong way driver on 81/287 arrested

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The driver of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on U.S. 81/287 Saturday evening was arrested after another motorist shot out at least one of the vehicle’s tires near NRS south of Decatur.

Alejandro Flores, 27, of Decatur was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, second offense; possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, less than 1 gram; and possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. Flores is in Wise County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said dispatch received approximately 30 calls around 7:30 p.m. about a driver going southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 near NRS.

“The driver made a u-turn and then went northbound in the southbound lanes,” Akin said. “A motorist shot at least one of the tires and the vehicle came to a stop blocking 287.”

He was then arrested.

When Flores was booked into jail for the DWI, Akin said he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance believed to be methaphetamine, resulting in the additional charges.