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Reported DUI driver slams into Lakewood Multicare clinic, damaging waiting room

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
January 1, 2012 5:05 pm

A reportedly drunken driver smashed into the MultiCare building in the 9300 block of Bridgeport Way Saturday night, causing serious damage to the clinic’s urgent care waiting room.

Marcelene Edwards/MultiCare
Lakewood Police spokesman Lt. Chris Lawler said the suspect was an airman assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Lawler said the suspect tried to prevent a witness from calling police to the scene. The suspect reportedly is in the custody of military police.

Multicare kept the clinic open Sunday by temporarily moving the urgent care operations to a primary care wing, spokeswoman Marce Edwards said. No one was in the building when the crash took place.

Multicare’s facilities team investigated the damage Sunday. The clinic has not said how it plans to operate for the rest of the week.

“It’s not something we expected today,” she said.

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