Woman, allegedly driving wrong way on 11-W, nearly hits police car

Rain Smith • Sep 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM

A motorist allegedly driving the wrong way on Highway 11-W, nearly striking an oncoming police cruiser head-on, was arrested early Friday morning.

According to a Sullivan County Sheriff's Office arrest report, the incident occurred near the intersection of 11-W and New Beason Well Road, at about 12:45 a.m. A deputy traveling eastbound reports having to, "veer quickly to the shoulder of the road," to avoid a Ford Focus traveling the opposite direction, on the wrong side of the highway.

The officer reports activating his emergency lights, turning around and entering the westbound lane, attempting to pass and get in front of the Ford. It pulled over at Alley's Dodge, 2761 E. Stone Dr., with the officer finding three people inside.

The driver, identified as Desiera Able, 23, of 1054 Dell Road, Marion, Va., allegedly emitted a strong odor of alcohol. When asked for her license, she allegedly said she has never had one.

Able began complaining of chest pains, according to the report, and was transported to Indian Path Medical Center. She was checked by medical personnel, released and arrested.

Able is charged with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, driving without a license, violation of financial responsibility and violation of registration. She was transported to the Sullivan County Detention Center in Blountville.

The car's passengers were also allegedly intoxicated. Police say that since the car had no registration, and the individuals' homes weren't in the surrounding area, they were charged with public intoxication and transported to jail.

They are identified as Joshua Foore, 26, of Marion, Va., and Scott O'Connor, 45, of Sebring, Tenn.

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