Cops: Wrong-way drunk driver pulled U-turn on I-85

Alysha Harvin

Alysha Harvin

Police believe the alleged drunk driver who caused a four-car wreck on I-85 Sunday morning had pulled a U-turn in the middle of the interstate — and had begun her journey some 20 miles away.

Alysha Harvin, 25, was arrested Sunday and charged with DUI, hit and run, reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road. A Gwinnett County police report obtained Tuesday detailed her adventure that caused one vehicle to flip several times and two more to hit each other. Somehow, the crashes resulted in no injuries.

According to the report, a witness spotted Harvin stop in the middle of Interstate 85 north near Steve Reynolds Blvd. at about 4 a.m. Sunday. She then proceed to complete a U-turn and head south in the northbound lanes. While doing so, Harvin reportedly caused the aforementioned accident but kept going.

A nearby police officer was dispatched.

“I observed this vehicle coming towards me head on,” the officer wrote in his report. “I slowed down my patrol car to a low minimum speed in an attempt of physically stopping this vehicle with my patrol car if I needed to … As this vehicle got closer to my patrol car, I slowed down even more. I noticed the vehicle was not traveling at a high rate of speed.”

Coming within one foot of the patrol car, Harvin reportedly attempted to drive the 1999 Honda Civic around it. The police officer simply stepped out of his vehicle, reached inside hers and turned it off.

After moving both cars out of the road, the officer began questioning Harvin in the emergency lane. She reportedly said she had drank “two average size Jack Daniels and Coke” before leaving a club called Compound — located some 20 miles away on the west side of Atlanta.

“The driver said she was from Florida and that she was lost,” the report said.

After failing a number of field sobriety tests, Harvin reportedly registered a 0.140 blood-alcohol content on a breath test. She blew 0.158 and 0.159 — nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 — on additional tests administered at the Gwinnett County jail, police said.

Listed as a Jonesboro resident, Harvin was later released on $2,942 bond.