Local news reported that a driver was pulled over on Interstate 82 because of his tinted windows; the authorities claimed the vehicle’s windows were overly dark.
News went on to confirm that the traffic stop happened on Wednesday after 2:40 p.m. and that the Washington State Patrol trooper noticed that the man was allegedly intoxicated. An open can of beer inside the car made it clear his initial suspicion could be right.
A dog was brought to the vehicle and it smelled drugs but the driver refused to allow the trooper to do a search. Official reports show the trooper obtained a warrant by telephone and found bags with residue that were later tested positive for cocaine. The officer also found marijuana on the floorboard and a Sig Sauer P229 .40-caliber pistol.
Charges pressed against the driver claim he had a stolen gun under his possession and over 40 grams of marijuana.
As a Seattle car accident lawyer I know of the risks individuals may face when sharing the road with an intoxicated driver. Whenever you spot a driver that may seem suspicious or highly dangerous, report the license plate number to the local authorities.
Whenever you’re involved with an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, contact a personal injury lawyer right away.