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Tag: DUI fatalities

Jan.
26th

Driving drunk relinquishes the future to a roll of the dice

For anyone who requires further proof that life is not fair, consider the story of two young men, one 22 and the other 19. Both men were allegedly driving drunk at roughly twice the legal speed limit when everything went wrong. While their actions constitute similar crimes, their stories end very differently due to the immutable laws of physics and the chaotic nature of chance.

The 22-year-old’s name is Joshua Brake. Last June, Brake was rocketing along SR 507 near Roy, at a speed a witness estimated to be above 90 mph, when he lost control of his car and

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July
21st

New DUI penalties a bit of good news amidst a bloody week

If one were looking for confirmation that summertime and bloodshed go hand in hand, the proof was scattered throughout the local news this week.

Here are a few in no particular order:

  • An 18-year-old is injured following a drive-by shooting in Tacoma;
  • A Puyallup man is arrested for first degree murder when sheriff’s deputies search his blood-soaked apartment for links to a missing man;
  • A 16-year-old is in custody after a fatal stabbing in Renton;
  • Two people are wounded in a Seattle shooting;
  • A stabbing melee in Olympia leaves two men hospitalized;

In other words, it was a

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