After flipping his car over and rolling it into a ditch in Kirkland, a man was detained. The motorist, a 29-year-old local, was suspected by police of being intoxicated at the time of the incident. The wreck occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on a southbound stretch of Interstate 405 in the vicinity of NE 70th place.
The driver who flipped his car wasn't the only person involved in the accident. His black 2006 Lincoln Towncar had previously collided with the rear of a 1999 Dodge Caravan that was traveling in the same direction. The driver of the Caravan, a 66-year-old woman from the same area, was reportedly unharmed, although the vehicle she was driving was completely wrecked. Although this wasn't technically a DUI arrest because the driver was incarcerated on potential charges of vehicular assault, a representative for the Washington State Patrol said that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.
Police say that this collision occurred at high speeds. The driver is currently under investigation, and it remains uncertain how police claims of him being under the influence will play into his fate.
DUI charges that involve other alleged offenses often lead to harsher penalties for those convicted. In addition, those who face charges may find that their lives change drastically change following the incident as a result of social stigmas, employment ineligibility or long-term license restrictions. DUI attorneys may be able to help these individuals get their charges reduced or dismissed by negotiating with the prosecution.
Source: KOMO, "Suspected drunk driver arrested after I-405 rollover crash", August 17, 2013