Not a good night: First, driving the wrong way on highway. Then, vehicle fire. Finally, jail.

Not a good night: First, driving the wrong way on highway. Then, vehicle fire. Finally, jail.

(As originally published, Mon, December 4th 2023, 8:52 PM EST)

MANCHESTER, Conn. (TND) — It was a busy overnight shift for Connecticut State Police troopers.

They got “multiple calls reporting a wrong-way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 384,” just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

They didn’t get to see the driver heading in the wrong direction with their own eyes because the calls from concerned citizens started providing reports the same vehicle was on fire.

Troopers got to that scene and reported finding “the accused vehicle fully engulfed in flames,” and the driver outside the vehicle safely.

Then, they realized Peyton Nyemaster “was exhibiting signs of possible impairment,” and she “was uncooperative with troopers, and was subsequently taken into custody.”

Not a good night: First, driving the wrong way on highway. Then, vehicle fire. Finally, jail.
Peyton Nyemaster was charged with disorderly conduct, operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving the wrong way on a limited access highway, and reckless driving, Dec. 2, 2023. (Conn. State Police)

The troopers said “she agreed to participate in standardized field sobriety tests, which were not performed to standard.”

Nyemaster, 28, was charged with disorderly conduct, operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving the wrong way on a limited access highway, and reckless driving.

Her bail was set at $5,000 and authorities said she has been unable to post it.

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