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Hero state trooper risked his life to save others from a drunk driver

Sometimes the simplest things, such as doing your job, can have a big impact. For one Connecticut State Police officer, doing his job was nothing short of amazing.

Connecticut State Police were notified of a vehicle driving the wrong way on the highway on Jan. 15.

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According to reports, 26-year-old Ashton Steen was driving a 2016 Audi the wrong way on I-95. She was traveling north in the southbound lanes at a high rate of speed.

In an attempt to get her attention, a trooper drove towards the wrong-way driver flashing the lights of his patrol car. After several failed attempts to get her attention, he decided to use his squad car to stop the rogue vehicle. As she continued to speed towards him, he used his car to side-swipe her, disabling both vehicles.

Steen was given a series of field sobriety tests, which she failed and was taken into custody. She admitted to police she'd been drinking and told them she thought she was driving in New Jersey. She was charged with Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and Operating the Wrong Way.

She was released after posting $10,000 bond and is scheduled to be in court on Feb. 20 in Stampford Superior Court.

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