Concerned motorists help locate wrong-way impaired driver

KNOX COUNTY – On Wednesday night Knox County 911 Dispatch received several 911 calls reporting a wrong-way driver traveling north in the southbound lanes on US 41 near Elkhorn Road.

Alexander Morales Rosa

Moments later, concerned motorists reported the vehicle was traveling east in the westbound lanes on US 50. State Trooper Buchanan and Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Bruner arrived in the area of US 50 and Monty Road and observed the wrong-way vehicle.

The vehicle stopped but started to slowly back up when Trooper Buchanan exited his patrol car and approached the wrong-way vehicle. Buchanan was able to reach through the open window and put the vehicle in park.

The driver was identified as 30-year-old Alexander Morales Rosa, of Washington. Rosa displayed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests. Further investigation revealed Rosa had a blood alcohol content of .21% and he had never received a valid driver’s license.

Rosa was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail where he is currently being held on bond on charges of operating a vehicle while Intoxicated – Class A Misdemeanor, and operating a vehicle without ever obtaining a valid driver’s license – Class C Misdemeanor