Wrong way driver accused of assaulting Yreka Police officer

Yreka, Cal.- A call about a wrong-way driver led to a 90 minute standoff and an officer injury early Wednesday morning near Yreka.

According to California Highway Patrol, a driver called in after seeing another driver heading southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 in the area of the Anderson Grade Summit.

Yreka Police Department immediately started searching for the wrong-way driver. Within minutes, an officer spotted the black 2003 Acura MDX still traveling in the wrong direction. The officer turned on their lights, but police say the driver didn’t stop.

Both Yreka and Mount Shasta California Highway Patrol officers ultimately deployed a spike strip at Julien Creek. The driver kept going, but came to a stop near the Siskiyou Boulevard overpass.

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