South Haven Police discuss viral video of a wrong way driver

South Haven Police discuss viral video of a wrong way driver.{ } (Courtesy: Joseph Sonnenberg)

A passenger caught video of a driver going the wrong way down a busy road in South Haven and South Haven Police say the video doesn’t tell the whole story.

Police say the wrong way driver captured on video was a confused driver and unfamiliar with Blue Star Highway and the man who caught it all on tape says he just wanted to share the crazy incident with friends.

The passenger in Joseph Sonnenberg's car started recording cell phone video and shared it on social media. The video been viewed more than 40,000 times.

Sonnenberg said, "I could see the reaction on her face with her hand covering her mouth like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can't believe these people are trying to pass other people right now’.”

Shocked to see a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road toward oncoming traffic on Blue Star Highway in South Haven on Friday afternoon.

Sonnenberg said, "She was completely oblivious she was on the wrong side of the road, thinking she was on a two lane road."

Instead of calling police the pair followed the wayward driver traveling southbound in the northbound lane and continued recording.

Sonnenberg said, “I was just shocked she was driving on the wrong side of the road and I didn't want to stop and call myself because I was driving."

South Haven Police Chief Natalie Thompson said an officer did intervene.

Thompson said, “A good Samaritan pulled up and notified him that there was a person driving the wrong way on Blue Star Highway, which is a divided highway with a boulevard. Unfortunately, this is a little more common than people may think."

Thompson saying thankfully no one was hurt.

She said, "The officer got on the radio notified other units and he did pull out. By the time he was able to catch up to the vehicle the person had corrected themselves"

Fortunately, this scary scene ended peacefully, but Thompson says the circumstances surrounding the incident remain troubling.

Thompson said, “The only concern I had, is for the time it would take for someone to post something sensational on Facebook or social media, had they taken the time to call, I think that was the more responsible thing to do."

Sonnenberg said, “The only reason I posted it was because I wanted to show people, like, watch out for crazy drivers."

It is unknown how long the other driver was driving the wrong way and Thompson says the driver was not ticketed.