Wrong-way driver arrested for driving under the influence on I-71 in Linndale

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LINNDALE - A Linndale police officer's body camera captured a wrong-way driver on I-71 Wednesday morning.

"We had repeated calls that came in about a car driving the wrong way on the freeway," said Chief Tim Franczak.

Franczak says 27-year-old Ariel Stadden of Lakewood was driving northbound in the southbound lanes around 3 a.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol also responded.

After administering a field sobriety test, Stadden was arrested for driving under the influence.

"Unfortunately we are having to do this on a regular basis. It's a concern not only to law enforcement but all the community and public in general," said Franczak.

Linndale Police say this has become an epidemic.

In fact, the prosecutor says this is the 2nd wrong-way driving incident on 71 in less than a month.

Back on May 10th, a wrong-way driver was pulled over by Linndale Police in the northbound lanes of 71.

In March, three people were injured in a wrong-way crash on 71 southbound just past the I-90 split.

And in February, two people were killed in a wrong-way crash on 71 southbound near West 143rd Street.

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