PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW)--Officials say 62-year-old Shirley Hogrefe was driving the wrong way on I-39. They say she only stopped after hitting five cars.
Officials say Hogrefe was arrested on suspicion of her fifth OWI. They say her blood alcohol level was .12. The Portage County Sheriff's Department says it could have been a lot worse.
"We were very very fortunate not to see sever injuries or multiple fatalities," Lt. Michael Morgan with the Portage County Sheriff's Department said.
Officials say Shirley Hogrefe started driving the wrong way on I-39 in the southern part of Portage County. 20 miles later...it was finally over. But not before Hogrefe hit five cars in the process.
"As we were responding to it--the mindset was not if something was going to happen--it was when something was going to happen and how bad it was going to be," Morgan said.
Officials say a few of the five drivers sustained minor injuries.
"Anytime you have someone wrong way on a divided highway or a cross-median type of collision, those are usually the kind that have the high degree of injury or lethality," Morgan said.
Authorities say they are still investigating what led to the high speed chase. Hogrefe is currently in the Portage County jail. She does not have an attorney listed but is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
The District Attorney's office says charges are expected to be brought against Hogrefe sometime next week. Her bond has been set at $25,000.