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Jonesboro driver charged in Gwinnett crashes

DULUTH — A Jonesboro woman has been charged with DUI after police said she caused multiple crashes while driving on the wrong side of Interstate-85 Sunday.

Alysha Tacarra Harvin, 24, was booked at 5:14 a.m. into the Gwinnett County Jail on hit-and-run charges, reckless driving, DUI and driving on the wrong side of the road, said Gwinnett County police Sgt. Brian Doan.

Doan said 911 dispatch took a call about a hit and run with injuries on I-85 just north of Pleasant Hill Road just before 4 a.m. The caller said the vehicle was traveling south in the northbound toll lane.

A short time later, a motorist flipped his SUV when he tried to avoid the wrong-way driver, said Doan. This caused a chain reaction with multiple collisions.

Police were able to catch the suspect just south of Steve Reynolds Boulevard. She told officers she was coming from Atlanta.

Doan said officers conducted a DUI investigation and placed the driver under arrest. The driver blew a .158 and .159 when she submitted to the breath test, he said, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

All but one of the northbound lanes of I-85 northbound were closed for about an hour.

No major injuries were reported.

According to Clayton County court records, Harvin is due in State Court next month in connection with a July citation for a charge of driving without a license in her possession.