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Madison Police arrest alleged drunken woman for driving wrong way

Jessica Tolbert

Jessica Tolbert

Posted Wednesday, November 27, 2013 --- 4:00 p.m.

Madison Police arrested an alleged drunken driver Tuesday night for driving the wrong way on a downtown street.

An officer saw headlights coming directly at his squad car around 11:19 p.m on Gorham St.

The officer turned on his squad lights but the car kept coming at him. It eventually swerved out of the way.

The officer turned around and tried to stop the car, which pulled over after some time.

The driver, 26-year-old Jessica Tolbert, told the officer she thought she was being pulled over for speeding. The officer said she didn't seem to have any inclination that she was stopped for driving the wrong way.

Tolbert opted not to take a field sobriety test and demanded police let her go back to her vehicle.

Officers smelled intoxicants, and took Tolbert into custody.

Police say Tolbert then screamed at officers, continuously spat at them and alleged that officers pulled her wig off her head.

Tolbert denied ever driving the car, and told officers she was arrested at a bar.

She faces charges of operating while intoxicated-1st offense, operating without a valid drivers license and failure to obey traffic sign or signal.

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