Truck driver assists in DUI arrest

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | 4/11/2017

A truck driver helped end a dangerous situation when he slowed down a vehicle that had traveled about 10 miles in the wrong direction on Interstate 41 in Milwaukee.

According to a news release from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Tamara Marie McVicker, 29, of Milwaukee, was arrested for driving under the influence, operating while revoked, recklessly endangering safety 2nd degree, driving the wrong way on a divided highway, and non-registration of a motor vehicle. She had also been previously arrested for operating while impaired.

At 2:50 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, Waukesha County dispatchers reported a vehicle driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-41. Officers for the Menomonee Falls Police Department attempted to locate and stop the vehicle. The vehicle continued past two squads attempting to make a stop. Other deputies stopped northbound traffic.

Eventually, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped the vehicle at 3:04 a.m. with the help of Scott Batchelor, a truck driver from West Allis, Wis.

McVicker’s vehicle traveled 9.8 miles in the wrong direction along lanes one and two of the interstate, the news release said.

If convicted, McVicker could receive more than 11 years in prison.

This incident isn’t the first time a truck driver has helped law enforcement take a suspected drunk driver off the road. Last year, a pair of truck drivers alerted authorities after a driver stopped his vehicle in the middle of the highway to urinate.

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