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Man charged with three-car collision in Graham had meth in his system

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 12, 2013 at 7:09 am with No Comments »
February 12, 2013 7:09 am

There was a bottle of vodka and a can of beer in the Ford Escort.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies noticed them after firefighters cut off the car’s roof and extricated the driver and his passenger.

Now, the 21-year-old driver faces two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of vehicular assault and one count of third-degree driving on a suspended license. He pleaded not guilty to all charges during his arraignment Monday and was ordered jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The crash occurred Dec. 20 on 224th Street East, just east of Mountain Highway East, near Graham.

Witnesses told deputies the driver of the Ford was tailgating a minivan and tried to pass on the right shoulder, striking a parked logging truck. The Ford then tried to swerve back onto the road and hit the front of the minivan.

The passenger of the Ford was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center and treated for multiple rib fractures. Nobody else was injured.

The driver took a breathalyzer test the night of the accident but did not appear to be over the legal limit. Lab tests that came back recently showed the driver had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system at the time of the accident.

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