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Wrong-way driver charged with DUI

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Jeremy Thomas, 28, was arrested and charged with DUI after crashing his car on I-440. Jeremy Thomas, 28, was arrested and charged with DUI after crashing his car on I-440.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A driver was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed on Interstate 440 going the wrong direction early Wednesday morning.

When officers arrived on the scene around 2:30 a.m., the driver, Jeremy Thomas, was already out of his vehicle talking to paramedics.

His vehicle was nearby on its roof.

Thomas, 28, smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes and was unsteady on his feet, according to an affidavit.

When asked how much he had to drink, Thomas replied, "Not enough to cause this s*$t."

He told officers he thinks he overreacted to someone flicking their lights at him.

The affidavit stated that someone was another driver trying to alert Thomas that he was traveling the wrong direction on the highway.

Thomas struck a retaining wall, causing his car to overturn.

He later admitted to drinking at least two shots of something he could not remember the name of, the affidavit said.

Thomas was examined at Metro General Hospital before being booked into the Metro jail on one count of DUI.

The wrong way crash is the third this month on Nashville area interstates.

On November 12, a 35-year-old woman was killed after she entered Interstate 40 traveling the wrong direction in west Nashville and struck another vehicle head-on.

Then, on November 17, four people were injured in a head-on collision on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard near Conference Drive in Goodlettsville.  The crash was caused by a wrong-way driver.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it's looking into what's behind all the wrong-way crashes.

At Charlotte Avenue in west Nashville where driver Christie Martin entered I-40 West traveling eastbound TDOT has already erected more "Do Not Enter" signs.

The victim in that collision, James Deng, was critically injured. News 2 has learned he is now out of the hospital and undergoing rehab.

Thomas, the driver in Wednesday's wreck, has no prior criminal history in Davidson County.  He is scheduled to appear in court next month.

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