Wrong-way drunk driver caught on DOT cameras in Milwaukee County

CREATED Oct 1, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 2, 2012

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  • Video by wtmj.com

  • Video by wtmj.com


MILWAUKEE- Another wrong-way driving incident in Milwaukee County caught on camera.  Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) cameras captured the terrifying trail that put other drivers in harm's way.

Police say 56-year-old Daniel Bostedt was driving the wrong way on I-94 around four Sunday morning.  Police say he was drunk as he headed south in the northbound lanes.  DOT video showed him passing Oklahoma, Holt, Howard and Layton Avenues, and passing other drivers along the way.

Eventually, Bostedt made it to the Mitchell Interchange where construction workers managed to get him to stop.  Later he would say he had no idea where he got on.

This is Bostedt's first OWI arrest.  He has no prior criminal history in the state.

His is just the latest in a shocking series of wrong-way incidents.  One of the most recent and most high-profile cases is Erin Salmon, who last month also drove drunk and the wrong-way on I-94.  She ended up in an accident, hitting off-duty officer Joshua Albert head-on.  Both suffered serious injuries.

"The people that drive drunk need to feel the consequences of the law just as much as someone does that carries an illegal weapon," says Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn.

Sheriff's deputies say Bostedt had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 -- that's nearly twice the legal limit.  Bostedt was also arrested for recklessly endangering safety in this case.  That could get him ten years in prison.

He is currently in jail, awaiting his next court appearance.