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Woman Cruises Verdugo Wash Thinking It Was a Freeway

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A motorist ended up getting stuck in an unusual spot this morning after she drove into the Verdugo Wash thinking it was a freeway. The 53-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, took her Mercedes as fast as 70 miles per hour until she ended up near San Fernando Road and Grange Street in Glendale, according to City News Service.

"The woman finally stopped near San Fernando Road after being hailed down by maintenance workers, who she whizzed by at freeway speeds, police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said," reports the Glendale News-Press.

The woman told Glendale Police officers she'd mistaken the service gate where she'd entered the wash as a way to get on the freeway. Perplexed Glendale PD officers note, however, the nearest freeway is the 134, which is approximately six blocks south of where she entered the wash at Glenoaks and Kenilworth.

The driver was tested for sobriety, and did not prove to be intoxicated. She did complain of being in pain, and was taken to the hospital, though she did not sustain any injuries.

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A HazMat crew was dispatched to ensure no fluids from the vehicle leaked into the water.