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Wrong-Way Drivers Caught On Eisenhower, Dan Ryan Expressway

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Illinois State Police said they believe alcohol was a factor in two incidents of wrong-way driving on Chicago expressways overnight.

WBBM Newsradio's Bernie Tafoya reports, around 1 a.m. Tuesday, state troopers stopped a woman heading north in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway near Garfield Boulevard. She was arrested, and police believe alcohol was a factor in the case.

About a half hour earlier, troopers caught a man in his 20s who had been going north in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan, before heading west in the eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway.

That man crashed into a concrete barrier wall while trying to exit the interstate by using the on-ramp at Racine Avenue. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The driver and a passenger both were taken into custody. The driver was charged with DUI, although his name and exact age were not immediately available.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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