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Madison police reported arresting a Florida man they said was driving drunk the wrong way on the Beltline early Saturday morning at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Sgt. Pete Schmidt said a Madison detective in an unmarked squad car spotted a driver in a 2008 Nissan Versa going eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Beltline near Old Sauk Road about 2 a.m. The officer began pursuing the suspect, and the chase was joined by a second Madison squad car, Schmidt said.

"The officer estimates that the vehicle was driving in excess of 100 miles an hour -- against traffic, " Schmidt said. "Apparently it forced a number of vehicles off the roadway as (the suspect and police) went eastbound. The guy continued on after nearly colliding with a semi. He nearly collided with a second semi, at which point the driver stopped."

Police arrested Eugene J. Sterett, 59, of Boca Raton, Fla., near the Midvale Boulevard exit. Schmidt said he faces tentative charges of eluding an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-offense drunken driving, reckless driving and driving against traffic.

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