Man drives wrong way for 11 miles on Missouri highway

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 7:54 a.m. CST; updated 12:44 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MARSHFIELD — Authorities say a man who drove the wrong way for 11 miles on a southwest Missouri interstate told troopers he was just trying to get home.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said only two minor accidents occurred while the 78-year-old man drove the wrong way on Interstate 44 Tuesday evening in Webster County before troopers finally got him to stop.

KY3-TV reported that the man told officers he made a wrong turn onto the freeway and kept going so he could get home.

Several officers followed on the correct side of the interstate as drivers pulled over to avoid the car.

The station says when he was pulled over west of Marshfield, the man did not offer any better explanation of why he didn't stop, pull over or turn around.

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