Trooper recognized for stopping I-71 wrong-way driver

WILMINGTON, Ohio (WTVN) -- An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper has been recognized for his actions to stop a wrong-way driver on I-71.

Sgt. Robert Burd spotted the driver on I-71 in Greene County on October 7th and used the spotlight in his cruiser in an effort to get the driver of the truck to stop.

When that failed, Sgt. Burd struck the vehicle and tried to force it into the median, but the driver took off--again going the wrong way.

After a chase, the Highway Patrol says the suspect, a 79-year old man from Jeffersonville, rammed the officer's cruiser and that brought both vehicles to a stop.

You can watch the video here.

Eventually, it was discovered the driver has dementia.  He was cited for reckless operation.

(Photo courtesy Facebook/Ohio State Highway Patrol)

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