DOT worker gives firsthand account of man driving wrong way on I-94
Annie Scholz reports Video by wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE- New information about the latest of a series of wrong-way driving cases.
A 56-year old man is accused of driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-94 Sunday. Now we're learning about a new plan to try to stop these dangerous drivers.
Milwaukee County takes these cases so seriously, the sheriff's department has partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to make some changes. They'll be releasing the details in the coming weeks.
For now, we're getting a firsthand account of what happened Sunday, from one of the people who put himself in harms way, so you wouldn't be.
Nick Demming with the DOT was working on the Mitchell Interchange Sunday morning when authorities say Daniel Bostedt drove drunk, going the wrong way. Demming and his crew jumped into action.
"It was probably 5 or 6 seconds to take a look and it was reacting at that point," explains Demming. "I was in my truck, and he was going to go around. I just pulled over and blocked him."
Crews say Bostedt was going highway speeds when he approached the interchange. His headlights were the only thing that let them know he was coming.
"It gets your adrenaline pumping a little bit that's for sure," says Demming.
Another guy on the crew walked up to Bostedt and stalled him until sheriff's deputies showed up. Bostedt later tested with a 0.14 blood-alcohol level -- that's nearly twice the legal limit. He told authorities he couldn't remember where he got on the highway.
Bostedt faces ten years behind bars for recklessly endangering safety.