Sheriff's deputy "amazed" he wasn't injured by wrong-way driver

CREATED Dec. 19, 2013

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MILWAUKEE – A Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy who barely missed crashing into a wrong way driver is “amazed” he wasn’t injured.

In the early morning hours Saturday, 20 minutes after bar time, a Milwaukee County Sheriff's squad car camera captured an oncoming wrong way driver on 1-43.

Just as the car approached, Deputy Michael Durphy thought there would surely be a crash.

"At that point I was thinking this is going to hurt,” Murphy said.

“And then I am thinking ‘How am I going to get her to stop?’"

Deputy Murphy swerved and just missed the driver.

Investigators say 33-year-old Alicia Sulok drove the wrong way for six miles, from downtown to the airport. When Deputy Murphy tried to pull her over the first time, she took off.

"She looks over at me and has the blankest stare on her face, she had no clue what was going on, and then she proceeded to drive away from me," Murphy said.

When she finally stopped, Sulok cried as she explained she had four beers at Hotel Foster on the East Side before getting behind the wheel.

Murphy says during his entire exchange with Sulok, she seemed unaware of the danger her actions posed.

"She had no idea why so many cars were so close to her, she didn't put two and two together that she was going the wrong way."

Prosecutors say Sulok was driving more than twice the legal limit. She's been charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted, could face up to 10 years in prison.

Murphy said this was the 38th wrong-way driver of the year. Most of them have been a result of drunk driving.