Police nab driver who went wrong way on I-95 in Hopkinton

Hopkinton — Rhode Island State Police early Friday arrested a woman they said drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 south near Exit 1 before crashing into a Jersey barrier near Exit 2.

Natasha Bedgood, 40, of Providence was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, refusal to submit to a chemical test and driving the wrong way on a highway.

Capt. Matthew Moynihan said several people called 911 to report that a motorist was driving the wrong way on the highway. Bedgood’s vehicle came to a stop not long after she hit the barrier, he said. She was arrested about 2:15 a.m.

Police said they also arrested two other drivers early Friday morning.

One, Moynihan said, was traveling more than 90 mph in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Warwick when troopers spotted her. That was about 12:10 a.m. Troopers charged Amanda Pollard, 28, of Pawtucket with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content level greater than 0.15 percent and speeding.

The other, Jhogel Florentino, 23, of Providence, was charged with driving with a suspended license and carrying a gun without a permit. Moynihan said troopers stopped his vehicle after they spotted it traveling more than 100 mph on I-95 south near Exit 15 about 3 a.m. Troopers recovered a handgun from the car, Moynihan said.

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