A tragic accident led police to a suspect with a lengthy DUI history.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a man from Tulalip caused a wrong-way accident on Interstate 5. He was driving with a suspended license, and his record showed six previous drunken-driving convictions. His car was going at 100 miles per hour at the time.
Police arrested the 56-year-old man on Sunday after driving the wrong way on I-5. He allowed the vehicle to hit into another car head-on. Police found an open container of alcohol in his Ford Explorer. The victim in the accident, a woman from Oregon, died.
The 30-year-old driver of the second vehicle as well as her son received minor injuries. Officials took the reportedly drunken driver from the scene and took him to a hospital where his blood was tested.
The suspect’s neighbor owns the Ford Explorer involved in the accident.
Drunken driving is illegal. Yet many drivers continue to drink and drive, sometimes repeatedly. This horrific accident on I-5 reminds us of this reality.
To avoid accidents, drivers must be mindful of their responsibility. That means taking the task of sitting behind the wheel and operating a motor vehicle seriously. After all, any auto can turn into a weapon.
Much like distracted driving, driving under the influence is often associated with a great number of traffic crashes and fatalities. Both activities go against the law in Washington state. Act accordingly to avoid similar accidents.
If going to a party or celebrating a holiday with family and friends, do not drink and drive. Have a designated driver or use public transportation. You can also use ride-sharing apps such as Uber or Lyft. Ignoring these recommendations means putting your life and others at risk.
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