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Plow Driver Stops Wrong-Way Driver On I-93

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BOSTON (CBS) – A plow driver stopped a wrong-way driver on Interstate 93 early Tuesday morning.

State Police say 33-year-old Brenda Jarillo of Rumford, Rhode Island was driving drunk in a Mini Cooper north in the southbound lanes from Quincy to Boston around 3:30 a.m.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Karen Twomey reports

She first hit a Honda CRV, causing it to spin out of control and collide with the median barrier. That driver, Francisco Lopez, 42, was taken to Quincy Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Jarillo kept driving the wrong way until she slammed into the front of a Department of Transportation plow in Dorchester.

“According to DOT officials, he was trying to help stop the wrong way vehicle by sounding his horn and flashing all his lights at the time of the crash,” State Police said in a statement.

Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said the plow’s driver was concerned he would be in trouble.

“I told him that, that is not the primary concern, that his health and the safety of drivers is the primary concern. If we had to sacrifice a bumper to do that, I’m more than happy to have that taken care of,” DePaola said.

The 52-year-old plow driver was not hurt. His name has not been released.

Jarillo was arrested and charged with OUI liquor, negligent operation, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, a state highway wrong way violation, assault with a dangerous weapon, a marked lanes violation and failure to stop for police.

“When they tried to put the cuffs on her, she became belligerent,” said Prosecutor Courtney Doherty. “They got one cuff on her, and were putting her in the backseat of the cruiser, when she kicked a trooper twice in the leg.”

She was arraigned Tuesday in Dorchester District Court.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report

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