A New Hampshire State Police trooper had to use his vehicle to stop a wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 in Hampton early Monday morning.

Several drivers reported a 2010 Hyundai Sonata headed northbound in the southbound lanes around 1:15 a.m. in Seabrook, and continued to provide updates as the vehicle approached the Hampton toll plaza, according to State Police.

As the car approached the open lanes of the toll plaza and kept heading north, troopers along with North Hampton Police officers unsuccessfully used their emergency lights and audio to get the car to stop. Trooper Peter Sankowich used his vehicle to push the vehicle into a cement jersey barrier on the shoulder, which finally stopped it, according to police.

The vehicle was damaged and could not be driven. It has to be towed from the highway.

Stopped wrong way driver on I-95 11/28/22
Stopped wrong way driver on I-95 11/28/22 (NH State Police)

Confused Driver

The driver, David Garriss, age 79, of Swampscott, Massachusetts, was "disoriented and confused" and taken along with an elderly woman passenger to the Seabrook Emergency Room for examination. They were held there until a family member could be contacted.

Garriss was charged with negligent driving.

State Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call 603-223-4381.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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