NORTH COUNTY — On Sunday afternoon, traffic on north Interstate 5 was left backed up for miles after a driver decided to drive the wrong way down the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol reported that at around 12:30 p.m. a woman driving a small car was traveling southbound in the northbound center divider, at a high rate of speed, about 2 miles north of the San Clemente Border Patrol Station.

Shortly after the CHP was notified about the wrong-way driver a crash involving at least three vehicles was reported, the CHP said.

Witnesses reported that it appeared at least one person was trapped in the wreckage. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene of the accident.

As a result of the collision three lanes of the roadway were blocked with debris and wrecked vehicles causing traffic to back up to the 76 in Oceanside. Lanes were cleared just before 3 p.m., the CHP said.

CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said it appeared the wrong-way driver was under the influence of prescription drugs. She was arrested and booked into jail, Bettencourt said. Her name was not released.

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