Posted: Apr 25, 2013 8:19 PM by David Sherman - MTN News
Kasha Catherine Kidrick is facing several charges after driving the wrong way on I-15 and crashing into another vehicle on Wednesday night.
No one was seriously injured.
It happened just before 10 p.m, with the Cascade County Dispatch Office receiving nine calls regarding a car driving the wrong way in the northbound lane of I-15 just north of the Great Falls airport.
The driver of an SUV saw Kidrick's white vehicle coming directly toward him as he was driving north in the passing lane of I-15; he attempted to steer into the median to avoid colliding with the white passenger car.
The Montana Highway Patrol said that the maneuver was not successful, causing the two vehicles to collide.
After the impact, Kidrick lost control of her car, crossed the median and both southbound lanes of traffic, and crashed into a guardrail.
The SUV came to a stop in a ditch, and sustained damage to the rear right side.
A Montana Highway Patrol trooper said that Kidrick smelled of alcohol and her speech was slow and confused; she reportedly admitted to drinking and handed over to the trooper an open beer can.
The trooper said that Kidrick then became "verbally combative and abusive," and once she was placed in the MHP patrol car, she started "smashing the cage with her hands, head, and feet."
Kidrick is charged with misdemeanor DUI (second offense); felony criminal endangerment; misdemeanor disorderly conduct; misdemeanor open container; misdemeanor operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license; and misdemeanor driving on wrong side of divided highway.