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Category: DUI

July
15th

Partygoers in Spanaway beat suspected drunken driver unconscious

Partygoers at a Spanaway home beat a 61-year-old suspected driver unconscious after he allegedly crashed into the house where the party was taking place, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident happened shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday when the driver went through a wooden fence  and struck the front porch of a home in the 15100 block of 2nd Avenue East.

Several of the partygoers “took offense to the possibly intoxicated driver crashing and opted to assault the driver repeatedly,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Deputies arrived to find the driver unconscious outside of his vehicle. Some of

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July
14th

State Patrol: Tacoma man arrested for driving under the influence with 5 improperly seat-belted children in vehicle

A Tacoma man had five children and two adult passengers in his vehicle when he was stopped Saturday night and arrested for driving under the influence, according to State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill.

A trooper pulled over the 34-year-old man about 11:30 p.m. when the vehicle he was driving at mile 10 of westbound state Route 410 drifted into the oncoming lane and to the right shoulder of the road, Gill said.

A breathalyzer test showed the suspect’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers arrested the driver for investigation of

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June
17th

Court records: DUI suspect handed officer can of beer when asked for his driver’s license, said he was a government assassin

Handing the Kent police officer a can of Miller Lite instead of his driver’s license and identifying himself as a government assassin didn’t help the DUI suspect avoid arrest, according to court records.

His arraignment for the felony DUI charge is scheduled for June 24 and his bail is set at $250,000.

Officers said three women followed the 26-year-old Kent man and called police about 9 p.m. June 8 because he was driving erratically.

Court records give this account:

The women saw the man stop at a convenience store near West Valley Highway and South 180th Street in Tukwila and

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June
13th

Police: Lanes of River Road reopen after crash caused by drunken driver

UPDATE as of 6:53 p.m. All lanes have been cleared, according to police.

INITIAL POST: Puyallup police said a three-car crash caused by a drunken driver has caused minor injuries to others and closed two of three lanes of eastbound River Road.

Traffic is being rerouted to Fourth Street Northwest until the roadway is cleared, and drivers are asked to avoid the area, according to police.

Police said about 6 p.m. that the crash had happened in the 300 block of River Road.

Further details were not immediately available.

June
10th

Pierce County officers target texters and those talking on the phone behind the wheel, unbuckled drivers and passengers

Pierce County law enforcement handed out 393 seat belt infractions and 158 tickets to drivers talking or texting on their cell phones or using other electronic devices between May 20 and June 2.

During the patrols, officers also made three DUI arrests and two arrests for misdemeanor warrants. They issued 88 speeding violations, nine child passenger safety infractions, 82 uninsured motorist and 41 suspended and revoked license violations.

More than 130 police and sheriff agencies worked the extra patrols statewide.

Across Washington, officers wrote 2,321 seat belt violations and 1,448 cell phone and texting tickets, compared to 3,171 and 1,059

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May
28th

Fife police arrest man accused of plowing down telephone pole while under the influence

The 48-year-old man had heroin in his pocket, meth and other peoples’ credit cards in his glovebox and a suspended license when Fife police stopped him, according to court documents.

Officers might not have noticed any of that if he hadn’t been accused of running into a telephone pole with his car, knocking it over.

He pleaded not guilty to various charges in court Tuesday.

According to court records:

The man was under the influence of alcohol when he drove a truck into the utility pole Friday. Witnesses said the truck went into the oncoming lane and crashed into the

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May
10th

Nearly 200 suspected drunken drivers arrested Cindo de Mayo weekend

Nearly 200 suspected drunken drivers were arrested last weekend in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties for the Cinco de Mayo holiday, county officials said today.

Eighty percent of the arrests, which totaled 198, were made in Pierce and King counties.

About 50 cops participated in the emphasis patrol, tripling the number that normally patrols the roadways.

As part of the Home Safe Bar program, liquor control enforcement officers also teamed up with the parents of a DUI victim and visited 45 establishments that serve alcohol to talk about serving limits.

May
3rd

Law enforcement to target high-risk DUI crash roads on Cinco de Mayo

Local, county and state law enforcement are planning to prevent and intercept drunk drivers throughout Western Washington starting Saturday, in preparation for people taking to the roads after celebrating Cinco de Mayo Sunday.

Officers will target roads that are at high risk for impaired driving crashes, including in Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, and in Snohomish and King counties.

Officers will be able to take arrestees to a State Patrol Mobile Impaired Driving Unit in Kent, in order to quickly get back to patrolling.

A team with the Home Safe Bar program, including the family of a woman who was killed by

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