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Driver goes wrong way down one-way street, spits at officers

Police: Woman denies driving that night, claims she was arrested at bar

MADISON, Wis. - A Madison woman was arrested late Tuesday night after driving the wrong direction down a one-way road and almost hitting a police car, officials said.

An officer was driving down West Gorham Street around 11:15 p.m. when he saw a car coming towards him going the wrong direction down the one-way road, according to a release. The driver, Jessica Lynn Tolbert, 26, swerved to avoid hitting the officer who had turned on his emergency lights.

The officer attempted to stop Tolbert again, but she continued driving before stopping near North Broom Street, officials said.

Tolbert told police she thought she was stopped because of her excessive speed, according to the release. She seemed to have no idea she was stopped for driving the wrong way down a one-way road.

The officer gave her the opportunity to perform field sobriety tests, but she opted not to complete the tests and demanded police let her get back in her vehicle, according to the release.

Officers said they smelled intoxicants and arrested her on charges of operating while intoxicated.

Tolbert then started screaming, spitting at officers and saying that officers pulled off her wig, according to the release. She also denied driving and nearly crashing into a police car that night. She said she was arrested in a bar.

Tolbert was arrested on first-offense OWI charges, operating without a driver's license and failure to obey a traffic sign or signal.

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