They say Freed stopped his cruiser as the driver approached, then dove over the median as the wrong-way driver hit the patrol car head-on.
Both vehicles received major damage, but Freed wasn't hurt. The driver of the other vehicle, 64-year-old Bruce Anderson of Glastonbury, was treated for minor injuries.
State police said the investigation was ongoing, but they anticipated an arrest.
A call to a listing for Anderson was not immediately returned.