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Published: Thursday, 3/8/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago

Woman, 37, arrested after driving wrong way on expressway

BLADE STAFF

A 37-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday night for driving the wrong way on I-475 — traveling north in the southbound lanes, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Lydia M. Jablonski, of Springfield Township, was charged with a "divided highway" violation. Police reported she refused to take a breath test for alcohol.

She was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus and had caused two crashes before being stopped by a trooper. One crash involved a parked car at the establishment she was coming from and the other was a “side swipe” when she was in the wrong lanes on I-475. There were no injuries from either crash, troopers said.

At about 10:40 p.m., the Bowling Green dispatch center for the patrol received a call of a wrong-way driver in the southbound lanes at about State Rt. 25. A trooper drove onto I-475 southbound from the Salisbury Road ramp in attempt to locate and stop the vehicle.

The trooper spotted the vehicle northbound in the southbound lanes. The vehicle then entered the median and drove over into the northbound lanes, continued on northbound I-475, and exited the highway onto Salisbury. The trooper pursued the vehicle and pulled it over.

She was released Wednesday night into the custody of her parents, said Lt. William N. Bowers.

Another wrong-way driver last week caused a crash in Wood County that killed three college women and herself. Winifred “Dawn” Lein, 69, of Perrysburg Township died in that crash Friday morning, which also killed Christina Goyett, 19, of Bay City, Mich.; Sarah Hammond, 21, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Rebekah Blakkolb, 20, of Aurora, Ohio. Two other passengers — Kayla Somoles, 19, of Parma, Ohio, and Angelica Mormile, 19, of Garfield Heights, Ohio — remained in critical condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

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