Dec 12, 2015 9:21 AM

State police used spike strips to stop driver heading wrong way on I-89 in Concord

CONCORD - A driver heading south in the northbound lane of Interstate 89 early Saturday morning narrowly missed a police cruiser and a tractor trailer before state troopers successfully deployed spike strips to stop him.

State police say they were called about the driver heading the wrong way near Exit 5 around 1:30 a.m., with reports that he was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Police shut down the interstate south of Exit 2 to protect other drivers on the highway and set up spike strips just north of that exit. The driver blew out two tires on the spike strips and continued past the Exit 2 off-ramp, narrowly missing a police sergeant and his cruiser, before pulling off to the right side.

Police took Sean List, 26, of Concord, into custody. After he refused to take a breath test, they charged him with driving while intoxicated, reckless conduct and disobeying a police officer. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Concord District Court on Dec. 22.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and ask anyone with information to contact Trooper Vince Grieco at 271-1162.

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