Wrong-Way Freeway Driver Is Sought


Police were searching Saturday for a wrong-way driver who allegedly caused two crashes on the Ventura Freeway, including one that sheared off an electrical pole and knocked out power to 3,000 customers.

A red sport utility vehicle was seen traveling north in the freeway’s southbound lanes about 2:40 a.m. Saturday near Telephone Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Just south of Telephone Road, a woman swerved her car to miss the errant driver and struck the center divider but escaped injury, authorities said.


A second driver, Jason Bishop, also swerved but struck a utility pole, causing his vehicle to flip, authorities said. The pole was severed, causing power to be out for about an hour, they said.

Bishop suffered minor injuries and was treated at Ventura County Medical Center and released, authorities said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Ventura CHP office at 477-4174.