Wrong-Way Operator Charged with OUI Drugs and Liquor, Other Motor Vehicle Offenses

Late last night State Police located wrong-way driver and charged him with operating under the influence of drugs and liquor, as well as other motor vehicle offenses.

At 11:29 p.m. yesterday State Police began receiving multiple calls from motorists reporting a wrong-way driver going northbound on the southbound side of Route 95 in the Walpole/Norwood area. Area patrols responded to the area and local police in towns along that part of Route 95 were notified.

Minutes later another vehicle crashed into a guardrail attempting to avoid the wrong way operator, who was driving what was described as a silver sedan. No injury was immediately reported.

A short time later a caller reported a wrong way driver with a matching description on Route 93, going north in the southbound lane. The driver at some point corrected his direction and began heading south on the southbound side of Route 93, heading toward Route 95/128 north.

Moments after midnight a trooper located a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle – a silver 2009 Toyota Corolla – and conducted a stop on the off-ramp at Exit 20B in Wellesley.

Troopers identified the operator as AHMED ZIAD, 24, of Norwell. Following a brief investigation, ZIAD was charged with the following offenses:

  1. Operating under the influence of drugs;
  2. Operating under the influence of liquor;
  3. Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;
  4. Wrong-way violation on a state highway;
  5. Marked lanes violation;
  6. Making a U-turn where prohibited;
  7. Leaving the scene of a crash that caused property damage; and
  8. Motor vehicle equipment violation.

ZIAD was booked at the State Police Barracks in Foxboro, held overnight, and brought to Dedham District Court this morning for arraignment.

No further information is available at this time.