Wrong way driver charged with vehicular assault

Christian Lopez, 24, is jailed on one count of vehicular assault and driving without a license after his discharge this afternoon from the hospital.

Lopez was driving a car the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of I-24 near Bell Road in Antioch

Christian Lopez

Christian Lopez

at 4:30 a.m. Sunday when he collided head on with another vehicle, injuring the driver and his passenger.  Lopez and the two men in the other car were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Responding officers recovered two 12-packs of beer in the backseat of Lopez’ car and several empty cans of beer in the front. Officers also detected a strong odor of alcohol from Lopez. South Precinct officers swore out warrants against Lopez this morning.