THOMASTON, Conn. (WTNH) – A Torrington man has been accused of driving the wrong way on Route 8 in Thomaston Tuesday night, according to state police.

State Police Troop L received several 911 calls at about 9:15 p.m. regarding a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Route 8 near Exit 39, officials said. The wrong-way driver was later identified as Shawn Wiosna, 47.

Mugshot of Shawn Wiosna (SOURCE: CSP)

According to state police, a driver traveling southbound captured the wrong-way driver’s attention and told him to turn his car around. The wrong-way driver then proceeded to exit the highway through Exit 39 Southbound and re-entered Route 8 through the northbound entrance ramp.

Responding troopers located Wiosna and noticed he was exhibiting signs of possible impairment. During the on-scene investigation, Wiosna refused to exit the car. Police had to escort Wiosna out of his car and secure him in handcuffs.

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Wiosna was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Connecticut State Police Troop L barracks in Litchfield.

Wiosna later participated in standardized field sobriety tests, which were not performed to standard, police said.

He was charged with interfering with a police officer, operating under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, failure to drive in the proper lane and driving the wrong way.

Wiosna was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment at Torrington Superior Court on Jan. 24.