"Superdrunk" wrong-way driver behind bars

26 year old Nicholas Lange charged with drunk driving in Oceana County.

A Ludington man is behind bars after police say he drove the wrong-way on U.S. 31, crashed into a car on the freeway, and then continued in the wrong direction.

Nicholas Lange, 26, was arraigned Thursday morning on charges of operating while impaired with a high BAC .17 or higher, failure to report a crash, and possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

Lange's bond has been set at $5,000 dollars.

Michigan State Police were called to U.S. 31 at the Oceana Drive exit around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. A driver said she was exiting the freeway when she was hit by the wrong-way driver.

Both vehicles were extensively damaged but the wrong-way driver continued driving south in the north bound lane of U.S. 31 after the crash.

The suspect vehicle was located by troopers near the Wayne Road exit on the freeway. Investigators say the 26-year-old driver nearly hit a patrol car head-on as it was responding to the call.

The man was arrested and will be charged with operating while intoxicated-high blood alcohol content, which is commonly known as "superdrunk". The driver will also be charged with leaving the scene of an accident.