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UPDATED: Five teen girls injured in DUI crash near Puyallup

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 4, 2013 at 7:07 am with No Comments »
April 4, 2013 1:18 pm

Five teenage girls were injured early this morning in a drunken driving crash near Puyallup.

The 17-year-old driver, of Tacoma, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault. Troopers said her license is suspended and she has an intermediate license, meaning she can’t have passengers or drive from 1 to 5 a.m.

The girl remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Two other passengers, one with a broken arm, were taken to area hospitals.

The crash occurred about 3:15 a.m. on northbound state Route 167 near 50th Street East.

Trooper Guy Gill said the Volkswagen Jetta left the road and hit a utility pole, fence and several trees before rolling onto its roof.

All the girls were wearing seat belts.

“The seat belts definitely prevented injury,” Gill said. “It could have been much worse.”

The passengers included an 18-year-old Puyallup girl; a 16-year-old Gig Harbor girl; a 16-year-old Seattle girl; and another 17-year-old girl whose city of residence is unknown.

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