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Suspected drunken driver charged with head-on crash that seriously injured Auburn woman

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 12, 2012 at 10:13 am |
September 12, 2012 10:13 am

A suspected drunken driver who allegedly hit another vehicle head on and seriously injured the driver in July has been charged in connection with the collision.

Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Jeffery Wissing, 54, with vehicular assault and reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 25.

According to charging papers:

Wissing and his 12-year-old son were returning home from a wedding at the Snoqualmie Golf Course July 15 when he went around a bend and crossed into oncoming traffic on state Route 162 between Sumner and Orting.

An Auburn woman behind the wheel of a Pontiac Grand Am noticed Wissing’s vehicle heading straight for her so she hit her brakes and pulled to the shoulder of the road.

Washington State Patrol troopers believe Wissing was going about 70 mph when he slammed into the woman’s car, pushing the vehicle about 70 feet into a ditch.

An off-duty King County sheriff’s deputy was driving by when he saw the wreck and pulled over to help. He found the woman trapped beneath the steering wheel and screaming that her legs were on fire.

Flames sparked in the car’s engine upon collision. The woman had to be extricated.

She suffered a fracture dislocation in her ankle, a dislocated hip, fractured femur and fractured wrist. Her three passengers were not seriously injured.

Wissing was in the passenger seat of his car when the deputy arrived on scene and appeared to be passed out. He told the deputy the other car had swerved into him.

His son was taken to a hospital but was not seriously injured.

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