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Citizens help nab highly intoxicated driver

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm with No Comments »
June 28, 2010 2:17 pm

A number of alert drivers helped lead Washington State Patrol troopers to “an extremely intoxicated driver” in the Federal Way area Sunday.

Drivers started calling 911 about 2:30 p.m. They reported that the driver of a green Chevrolet pickup truck was driving erratically, the Washington State Patrol reported. The truck reportedly hit a vehicle on Military Road near Interstate 5 in Federal Way.

Several of the callers remained close to the truck as it got onto southbound I-5 from South 200th Street. The truck exited at South 320th Street and drove eastbound. Troopers tried to find the truck as it headed back toward the highway, troopers reported.

“The highly impaired driver changed his mind and began backing up the on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5,” the press release stated. ” Troopers arrived and quickly took the driver into custody.”

Troopers found brass knuckles, meth and an open container of beer in the 24-year-old Seattle man’s truck. He reportedly assaulted a trooper and fought with several hospital workers and security guards.

According to preliminary tests, his BAC level was .340, which is more than four times the legal driving limit of .08, the State Patrol reported.

The man was later booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault, DUI and several misdemeanor warrants.

“If you see someone driving erratically, that is an emergency and you should call 9-1-1,” the press release states. “It’s legal to use your cell phone to report drivers who appear to be impaired.”

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