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Man wanted in fatal December crash arrested

Post by Brian Everstine on Feb. 26, 2009 at 7:08 pm with No Comments »
February 26, 2009 7:08 pm

The man wanted in a December crash that killed two people was arrested in Tacoma on Thursday afternoon.

Scott Michael Buskeness, 31, was arrested for two charges of vehicular homicide and one charge of vehicular assault. Buskeness was driving a Honda Civic north on Highway 7 and went into the center turn lane at 146th Street and rammed a Dodge Colt head-on at about 1:35 a.m. on Dec. 10.

The driver, 34-year-old Richard Pennington, died at a hospital after the crash. Jamie Reinford, 33, a passenger in the Colt, died a day later. The crash also hurt a third person.

Buskeness told a Washington State Patrol detective shortly after the crash that he had smoked methamphetamine that day. Troopers noticed that Buskeness’ pupils were dialated, that he had an elevated pulse and that his tongue was green, documents state.

He hurt his hand and was treated at Madigan Army Medical Center, court documents state. He has at least 19 prior felony convictions, including several for violent crimes, documents state.

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