SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake woman has been charged with driving the wrong way on the freeway while drunk earlier this month.
Elisabet Gutierrez, 26, was charged Monday in Salt Lake Justice Court with DUI, a class B misdemeanor; driving on the wrong side of the road, an infraction; and not having any insurance, an infraction.
Early on the morning of Aug. 13, Gutierrez got onto I-215 near 3500 South and headed north in the southbound lanes, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. She continued onto I-15 until she was stopped by a trooper near 800 South.
At times, Gutierrez was driving as fast as 80 mph, and at other moments, her speed dropped near 30 mph, the UHP stated.
On Wednesday, the UHP released dashcam video from the trooper who eventually stopped Gutierrez.
The video shows him positioning himself off the side of the freeway, waiting until he spotted Guiterrez's car. The trooper then used his patrol car to block the road, the video shows.
Gutierrez brings her car to a stop before hitting the trooper's vehicle. She is then taken out of her car and stands along the side of the road as the trooper moves both her car and his patrol car out of traffic.
While arresting Gutierrez, the trooper asks if she knew she was driving the wrong way. Through the noise of other cars driving by, Gutierrez sounds as though she tells him, "I did realize," but the rest of her response is inaudible.
The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol both in Gutierrez's vehicle and on her breath, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. She later registered a 0.166 on a blood alcohol test — more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, the report states.
According to Utah court records, Gutierrez had no criminal history in Utah until January, when she was charged with misdemeanors for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, violation of operator duties for an accident involving property damage, electronic communication harassment, criminal mischief, and committing a violence offense in the presence of a child.
In that case, Gutierrez was accused of making threats and "using her vehicle as a weapon" during a custody dispute over her child, according to court documents.
Gutierrez told police she had originally contacted the child's father to pick the child up because she was drunk, charges state. Her blood alcohol level was 0.08 while she was driving, according to the charges.
Gutierrez pleaded guilty in February to the reckless endangerment, electronic communication harassment and criminal mischief charges, while the remaining charges were dismissed. A jail sentence was suspended for Gutierrez in March, and she was ordered to complete 24 months' probation.
Contributing: McKenzie Romero