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Wrong-way Colorado Springs driver thought he was in Denver

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A man driving the wrong direction on the interstate in Colorado Springs early Wednesday morning told police that he thought he was in the Denver metro area.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, police received a report shortly after 2:30 in the morning that there was a vehicle driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-25 around S. Academy Blvd. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when officers located it around Cimarron. When an officer parallel to the vehicle was unable to get the attention of the driver, another officer got onto the interstate -- avoiding oncoming and reportedly "moderate" traffic -- and caught up to it.

The driver, Alexander Nicoulin, was stopped and found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the police report, he expressed surprise at being in Colorado Springs, roughly 70 miles from where he thought he was.