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Prosecutors charge Gig Harbor man suspected of causing wreck on Wollochet Drive NW

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:21 am |
January 29, 2013 9:23 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a Gig Harbor man accused of drunkenly driving his car into oncoming traffic on Wollochet Drive Northwest Thursday and hitting two vehicles head-on.

Darrell Cunningham, 66, pleaded not guilty to felony vehicular assault by DUI and reckless endangerment. His bail was set at $75,000. Cunningham was booked into the Pierce County Jail Sunday after being released from the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

Charging papers give this account:

When interviewed at the hospital, Cunningham told sheriff’s deputies he did not remember the crash but must have been heading home. A portable breathalyzer registered Cunningham’s alcohol level at .14, well above the legal limit of .08.

Witnesses said his Volkswagon Jetta crossed the yellow line about 6:15 p.m. and struck a PT Cruiser. A woman behind the wheel of the second vehicle was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car.

She suffered a fractured tailbone and multiple abrasions.

The woman’s husband, who was in the passenger seat, told deputies he is partially blind and suffers from various medical conditions and did not remember much about the accident. He found his wife lying on the ground outside after the crash.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said this is the second time in six months Cunningham has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

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