State police: Wrong-way driver hits trooper’s vehicle on I-264

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A woman is facing charges after state police say she drove the wrong way on Interstate 264 and hit a state trooper’s vehicle.

Virginia State Police say Virginia Beach police informed them just before 2 a.m. Friday about a driver going west in the eastbound lanes at First Colonial Road.

State police say the driver, 35-year-old Heather Lynne Sims, almost hit a VBPD unit as officers tried to stop the vehicle.

Police provided Sims’ location to troopers — which allowed them to slow down eastbound traffic beginning at Mount Trashmore. At the same time, Virginia Beach police deployed spike strips east of Rosemont Road. 

The strips worked to slow Sims’ speed to 20 mph, giving troopers the chance to box her in and force her to stop. As Sims slowed, state police say she hit one of the trooper’s vehicles, causing some damage.

Officers and troopers then arrested Sims without incident. She was taken to Virginia Beach City Jail on charges of driving under the influence and damage to state property.

State police say there were no other collisions and no injuries in the incident.

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