Wrong-way driver faces third OVI charge in a year

BLUE ASH, Ohio -- A wrong-way driver faces his third drunken driving charge after an incident Thursday night.

Garrett D. Kohler, 23, of Liberty Township, was arrested early Thursday after Blue Ash police said he drove the wrong way on the Cross County Highway.

The incident was first reported at about 3:09 a.m. when a Blue Ash officer spotted a vehicle heading west in the eastbound lanes of the roadway.

Officials said the officer quickly caught up to Kohler and got him to pull over by driving alongside him in the westbound lanes, near the median.

"Using his lights and siren, used his spotlight to flash in the driver's mirrors and was able to get the driver's attention," said Steve Schueler with the Blue Ash Police Department.

At one point during the chase, officers said several vehicles could have potentially hit Kohler’s vehicle after turning a corner.

The officer’s dash camera shows that speeds during the chase exceeded 100 mph before the incident was over.

No one was injured during the chase.

Police say Kohler appeared to be intoxicated and needed help getting out of the car.

"Based on his slurred speech and some other signs, he appeared to be intoxicated,” the Schueler said.

Kohler was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, two counts of driving under suspension and one count of reckless operation.

Blue Ash police said Kohler was released to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office since he had an outstanding warrant from that agency.

Officials said this is the third time Kohler has been charged with OVI in about a year.

Police had to deal with a similar situation late Thursday night on I-75. Police said a woman drove the wrong way on the interstate and slammed into another vehicle.

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