Wrong-way driver caught in Salem

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SALEM — A 35-year-old man from Massachusetts was arrested following an incident in Salem early yesterday morning.

Authorities say they were notified of a gray sedan traveling the wrong way on I-93 at around 5:15 a.m.

Multiple reports from motorists indicated that a vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes from the state line in Salem.

Troopers were clearing from another crash in the Salem area at the time these initial reports were received.

Trooper Ryan Harkonen located the vehicle on the north side of the interstate and drove parallel to it allowing Trooper Riley LaCriox to get into position north of the vehicle’s path and attempt to stop it.

Trooper LaCroix was able to get into position where he conducted a rolling roadblock to slow oncoming southbound traffic.

The vehicle came to a stop in the area of mile marker 6.4.

Trooper Harkonen stopped his cruiser, ran across the median, and was able to apprehend the driver from the car on foot.

The driver was identified as Wigberto Maldonaldo, of Lawrence, MA.

Maldonaldo is facing charges of reckless conduct, driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving.

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