Sergio Galvez-Delira, 24, of Glenview, was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, having open alcohol, no insurance and improper lane usage, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.
State police said his driving record shows no previous violations.
WGN-TV news anchor and traffic reporter Erin McElroy said she was headed south on the expressway at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday when she encountered Galvez-Delira driving his black 2001 Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle north in the southbound lanes of I-94. She said he appeared to be traveling about 65 mph and was coming right at her. McElroy said she drove onto the shoulder of the road to avoid being hit.
Police said no one was injured in the incident.
"There was a lot of luck," Master Sgt. Joseph Stangl told the Tribune. "The driver managed to avoid striking any other vehicles, but this could have turned into a horrific tragedy based on one driver's decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.