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Pinellas Park woman arrested driving wrong way on Veterans, troopers say

Reports came in about 1:20 a.m. Monday. A trooper pulled over Marileydi Gonzalez-Meza, 28.

TAMPA — A state trooper alerted to a wrong-way driver on the Veterans Expressway early Monday went looking for her and pulled her over near Gunn Highway.

It was the third incident in as many days involving wrong-way drivers on local roads.

At about 1:20 a.m. Monday, the Florida Highway Patrol received reports about a wrong-way driver headed south in the northbound lanes of the expressway near State Road 54 in Pasco County.

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Trooper Jim Bregon responded to the area, headed north, and soon came upon the car, a 2016 Nissan Altima, the Highway Patrol said.

Bregon activated his emergency lights, turned behind the car and both stopped along the roadway shoulder near Gunn Highway.

Bregon arrested the driver, Marileydi Gonzalez-Meza, 28, of Pinellas Park, about 2 a.m. on charges of driving under the influence, driving while license suspended and driving in the wrong direction.

Gonzalez-Mesa refused a breath test, the Highway Patrol said.