The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday praised two Minnesota men for stopping a wrong-way driver, who was later arrested for operating while intoxicated-first offense.
After 2 a.m. on March 29, Dunn County deputies responded to a report of a wrong-way driver on State Highway 29, traveling westbound in the eastbound lane, according to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.
Two men, Brett J. Baur and Scott W. Denis of Minnesota, who had called 911, had stopped the suspect’s vehicle near the Chippewa-Dunn County line and taken the driver’s keys.
Baur and Denis told deputies they saw the vehicle leave 29 Pines and begin travelling westbound in the wrong lane of Highway 29.
After calling 911, they followed the vehicle in their semi truck, flashing their lights to warn traffic and attempting to stop the vehicle, according to the news release.
Deputies found the driver, Megan L. Bergeson, 21, of Eau Claire, “slumped over” in the driver’s seat, according to the news release. She said she was trying to get home but could not tell a deputy where she lived, or where she had been drinking.
Bergeson was arrested, taken to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie for a blood draw and booked in at the Dunn County Jail.
“The Sheriff’s Office would like to commend Brett and Scott for their selfless actions, which most likely prevented this situation from having a tragic conclusion,” wrote Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd.