A police officer was injured in a Seattle car accident, when a 21-year-old driver in a sport utility vehicle turned in front of the officer’s car. According to a Fox news report, the police officer was on his way to work when the SUV suddenly turned in front of him at the intersection of East Pine and Boylston on Capitol Hill. The officer was taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not considered to be major or life-threatening. The driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime in Washington State. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502, driving under the influence is when “a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within the state.” It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.
Drunk drivers in Seattle can be held civilly and criminally responsible for their actions. Not only do they face criminal charges for driving under the influence, but they can also be held financially responsible for causing injuries and damages to the victim. In such cases, DUI victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy and other damages.
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