Gaithersburg Woman Causes 3 Crashes by Driving the Wrong Way in Frederick County

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By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Gaithersburg woman who was under the influence of alcohol caused three car crashes Thursday by driving the wrong way along seven miles of highway in Frederick County, authorities said yesterday.

Maryland State Police said Amanda Tyeryar, 21, was driving her Volvo S40 the wrong way on Route 15 shortly before 2 a.m. when the first crash occurred, near Patrick Street. A car traveling in the correct direction was forced into a tractor-trailer.

A short time later, Tyeryar headed south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 270. Another driver, barely avoiding a head-on collision, veered into an embankment, causing her vehicle to roll over. The driver was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, state police said.

Tyeryar continued south in the wrong lane, authorities said.

"Dozens of citizens, including an off-duty Gaithersburg City Police officer, called the State Police after almost being struck by this driver or witnessing the driver going the wrong direction on I-270," state police said in a statement.

At times, Tyeryar was traveling "well above" 55 mph, witnesses told police.

Near Route 80, she sideswiped a third vehicle, causing both cars to stop, police said.

Police said the Motor Vehicle Administration would be notified of the results of a breath test, but they did not release those results publicly.

Tyeryar was released after she was charged. Online court records do not list an attorney for her. A woman who answered a telephone listed to one of her relatives declined to comment.

Tyeryar was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to control speed on a highway and other offenses.

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