Wrong-way driver denies crashing into Jersey barrier off I-95

Wrong-way driver denies crashing into Jersey barrier off I-95


HOPKINTON — The State Police reported Friday that a Providence woman who drove the wrong way for more than 3 miles on I-95 South was charged with DUI Friday after crashing into a Jersey barrier, but the woman later disputed several statements in the police news release, including the fact that she had hit the barrier.

The woman, Natasha Bedgood, 40, was cited for driving the wrong way on a public highway, DUI, and refusal to submit to a chemical test, according to Rhode Island State Police records.

The state police said officers were dispatched around 2:15 a.m. after receiving reports of a motorist entering the northbound lanes from an Exit 1 off-ramp in Hopkinton. Police said Bedgood was in the high-speed lane, and as she continued down the highway, several people called 911 to report near collisions until she hit the barrier near Exit 2 and finally came to a stop on the side of the highway. No other cars were involved in the crash, the police said, and no serious injuries were reported.

In a call to the Providence Journal, Bedgood said she had not been drinking and takes only prescription drugs. She said it was dark and that she was unfamiliar with the area, and that she had called the police when she realized she had made a mistake, the paper reported Saturday.

The distance between the exits is about 3.8 miles, according to state Department of Transportation records. Bedgood was questioned by state troopers after the crash and failed a field sobriety test. She was taken into custody and declined a breathalyzer test at the Hope Valley State Police barracks, the police reported. She was released on bond and is due in Fourth Division District Court for arraignment later this month.


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