Wrong-way Driver Avoids Crashes in Reno-Sparks

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Highway Patrol says a wrong-way
driver made a slow journey on Interstate 80 through Sparks and Reno
but avoided colliding with oncoming traffic.

Trooper Chuck Allen said 73-year-old Richard Emory of Sparks realized his mistake right after he got on the freeway Wednesday at Nugget Ave., but didn't know what to do to get out of the way.

He turned on his emergency flashers and traveled slowly until he could pull into the median just beyond the Keystone Ave interchange on the west side of Reno, where he hit a road marker that disabled his car.

Authorities said alcohol, drugs or medical issues were not involved.

Emory was cited for traveling the wrong way on an interstate, and given a ride home.

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