Police put brakes on wrong-way driver of SUV on Route 222

Woman, 79, had medical issue, police say

WEST EARL TWP., Pa. - Drivers on Route 222 between Reading and Lancaster found themselves dodging an SUV that was traveling the wrong way on the highway overnight.

Police said they received numerous reports around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday of the SUV traveling south in the northbound lanes of 222, near the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange, in East Cocalico Township, just beyond the Berks County line.

A short time later, Ephrata police said they spotted the southbound SUV at the Route 322 overpass as northbound vehicles were being forced to swerve out of its way to avoid a head-on collision.

Officers managed to stop the SUV just south of the overpass, but as they approached the vehicle, the woman behind the wheel took off, again driving south in the northbound lanes, police said.

Police were able to slow down the driver and stop her again, this time about a half-mile south of the overpass in West Earl Township.

The 79-year-old woman from Philadelphia was found to be suffering from a medical issue, police said. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

While there were multiple close-calls, no crashes were reported as a result of the wrong-way driving.

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