Posted: Jul 16, 2012 9:11 PM by Erin Schattauer - MTN News
Erin Berger of Bozeman, accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 while drunk, appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday.
The Montana Highway Patrol received a report at around 1:15 a.m. Sunday of a wrong-way driver that was heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-90.
Sgt. Chad Dever says he got on the interstate and saw a slow-moving car approaching him, traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. Dever says he turned his car around and activated his sirens and lights.
Berger, 32, reportedly stopped her car in the westbound passing lane, facing the wrong way.
Dever reports he ran to Berger's vehicle and tried to open her car door, but it was locked. A semi truck was heading their way and Dever reports he was in fear for both of their lives.
Berger appeared intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol and seemed confused, according to court papers.
Dever says that once Berger opened the door, he forced her into the passenger seat and climbed in the driver's seat and drove into the median for their safety.
Berger said she had been at the Three Forks rodeo, according to court papers.
Berger was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center. She reportedly had a BAC of .177%, according to court papers.
She was arrested for aggravated DUI and criminal endangerment.
Her bail was set at $7,000.