WILMINGTON (CBS) — A “Christmas morning tragedy [was] adverted” with the help of Mass. State Police Troopers on Friday after a wrong-way driver was detected heading southbound on I-93 near Exit 40 in Wilmington.

Troopers paralleled the car on the other side of the highway and were eventually able to put down stop sticks in the Medford area.

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All four tires were deflated, but the “driver continued southbound into Leverett Circle and tried to hide from State Police in the MGH parking area,” said State Police.

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Mass. State Police were able to stop a wrong-way driver on I-93 Friday morning (Photo Via Mass. State Police)

Troopers searched the area and found the driver, a 36-year-old Reading man.

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State Police said the man was “heavily intoxicated” and taken to Tufts Medical Center for a medical evaluation.