A 26-year-old Seattle man recently hit a Washington State Trooper's car head-on while driving the wrong way on State Route 520. The trooper was not hurt in the accident, but the driver is now facing drunk driving charges.
Two other vehicles also collided while trying to avoid the wrong-way driver, but luckily there were no injuries from that accident, either. The suspected drunk driver then hit the trooper's car before driving away from the scene.
The trooper in the crashed cruiser claimed to have seen a "blank look" on the suspect's face as he drove slowly away from the crash site. After the driver hit the trooper's car, he attempted to get away by heading the wrong direction again on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. His car was damaged from the earlier collision and soon broke down. Police claim that the suspect then decided to make a run for it and jumped over a barrier, falling about 20 feet.
After that, he was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. Following his release from the hospital, he was expected to be charged with hit and run and DUI.
In many cases, people who experience the kind of ordeal faced by this young man never would have imagined hurting someone or causing an alcohol-related crash. Still, a drunk driving arrest of this kind can carry serious consequences.
Any time a person is charged with drunk driving, he or she will need the help of a DUI defense attorney. No one should face the prosecution's claims alone. A strong DUI defense will seek out possible flaws in the evidence. If a dismissal of charges is ruled out, then the reduction of charges may still be a possibility.
Source: KERPTV.com, "Wrong-way driver crashes into state trooper on SR-520," Sept. 25, 2012