MPD Sgt. stops I-94 wrong-way driver

CREATED Jan. 30, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 30, 2014

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MILWAUKEE- A police Sergeant knows all too well how dangerous "wrong-way drivers" can be. So when he saw one this week, he didn't hesitate to spring into action.

"It caught me off guard," said Sergeant Adam Riley.

Sgt. Riley was driving on  I-94 east near Hawley Rd. when he noticed another driver heading the wrong way on the other side of the highway.

"I am trying to [go] parallel with him to see if i can get this spotlight on his face, trying to get his attention," he remembered.

He continued to drive at least 50-60 miles. 

Sgt. Riley followed for nearly half a mile before the driver decided to ditch the Sergeant and exit on the General Mitchell on-ramp.

Authorities say Christopher Pawlak took out a light pole on General Mitchell Blvd. Officers say Pawlak's field sobriety test was nearly three times the legal limit.

Sergeant Riley says he is glad no one was hurt.

"I thought i was going to watch someone get killed," he said.