A Washington State trooper was hospitalized with injuries after a Seattle car accident involving a suspected drunk driver. According to a KOMO news report, a drunk driver in a pickup truck crashed into the patrol car at the intersection of South 348th Street and 16th Avenue South in Federal Way. The pickup was apparently trying to turn north on to 16th Avenue from westbound 348th Street and was speeding.
The 46-year-old driver lost control of his pickup truck, slid across the two northbound lanes and slammed into the trooper’s car as she was attempting a left turn from the opposite direction. The truck jumped the curb and struck her at the driver’s door. The trooper is believed to be recovering in the hospital. The driver of the pickup was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and apparently, also had drug paraphernalia in his vehicle.
Drunk driving is a serious crime in Washington State. Under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Section 46.61.502, it is illegal in the State of Washington to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. RCW Section 46.61.502 states:
- A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
- a. And the person has within two hours after driving an alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s breath or blood.
- b. While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug or
- c. While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug.
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