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Washington State man suspected of fifth OWI

For some drivers, when they are pulled over by a police officer, it might not be their first time. If the previous times resulted in a warning, citation or even a drunk driving conviction, these past events could affect how a current stop is treated. If a driver has been suspected of impaired operation of a vehicle in the past and those past charges have resulted in a conviction, they could endure serious penalties if they are convicted of another drunk driving charge.

Officers in Dane County recently arrested a Washington State man for a suspected OWI. If he is convicted of this charge, authorities reported that this would make his fifth OWI. According to preliminary reports, officers responded after a driver called 911 and reported a vehicle being driven all over the road on Highway 51.

Seattle woman arrested for suspected DUI following 2-car crash

Following an automobile collision, authorities seek to understand the cause of the crash while providing emergency medical care for those involved. For some accidents, it is clear that the officers suspect that negligence caused the crash. In these cases, authorities might conduct addition investigation and tests to determine whether the driver was under the influence. A drunk driving accident does not only include damages and injuries to those involved but could cause the driver to face serious penalties that could significantly affect the driver's future.

After a recent accident in Seattle, Washington State Police arrested a woman under the suspicion of DUI. According to preliminary reports, the woman was involved in an early morning crash when she was heading northbound on Martin Luther King Junior Way South. While attempting to make a left turn, the driver crossed in front of a vehicle traveling southbound causing them to collide.

Off-duty officer arrested for DUI following crash

Just like any other driver on the roadway, police officers and off-duty officers could potentially be involved in an automobile accident. And just like any other driver, they would go through the same initial investigation steps. Depending on the situation surrounding the crash, an officer might have to submit to a field sobriety test and a blood alcohol test. If an officer is suspected of a drunk driving accident, that officer would not only face serious criminal penalties but also endure a damaged reputation. This could seriously impact their personal and professional life, which is why it is important to establish a defense against the pending charges.

The Washington State Patrol recently arrested a Spokane Police Officer following a single car crash. The officer was off-duty at the time of the crash. According to reports, the Spokane Police arrived at the scene of the accident but the Washington State Patrol were dispatched to the scene and arrested the off-duty officer.

Suspected drunk driver collides with Washington Patrol car

Maintaining attention while driving is very important. When a driver is not adequately paying attention, is distracted or is impaired, they could risk getting involved in an accident. When a driver is under the influence, they are not able to properly and safely operate an automobile. A drunk driving accident could ensue and seriously affect everyone involved. This is especially true for the driver because they could face criminal penalties and civil liabilities.

A Washington State Patrol vehicle was involved in a drunk driving accident when an alleged drunk driver struck the patrol car in an intersection. The collision occurred at around 11:00 p.m. in Spokane. According to reports, the 43-year-old officer was traveling southbound and the suspected drunk driver was traveling westbound.

Woman suspected of drunk driving in Wash. with interlock device

When a driver has past traffic or criminal violations, they may have to endure penalties that affect them for months or even years. For some drivers in Washington State, they are required to have an ignition interlock device following a drunk driving charge. The device is used as a deterrent and as a way to prevent that driver from driving drunk. If a driver misuses the device, they could endure additional charges and penalties, especially if they have been driving while intoxicated.

A 23-year-old woman could currently face serious penalties after authorities in Tacoma-Pierce County recovered photos from the woman's interlock device in her vehicle. The device was installed in her vehicle following a drunk driving traffic stop. Back in September, the woman failed a field sobriety test and refused to submit to a breathalyzer. This resulted in a DUI citation and required the installation of the interlock device.

Washington State woman receives 11th DUI charge

When a driver is suspected of a traffic violation, the driver expects that they will receive a citation and a fine. Although these results are somewhat burdensome, they do not compare to the penalties a driver faces when they are charged and convicted with a DUI. Moreover, the driver could endure harsh consequences if they have previous drunk driving infractions on their record.

Following a woman's eleventh DUI charge, a Washington State judge has stated that the 58-year-old woman is a danger to the public. The woman has a lengthy list of convictions and her current charge stems from a state trooper pulling her over for not wearing a seatbelt. The officer's report indicated that the female driving told the officer that she was drunk at the traffic stop.

Wrong-way driver suspected of DUI following collision

Washington State drivers are well aware that police officers will pull over a driver when they suspect that they committed a traffic infraction or even a crime. In most cases, a driver is traveling too fast on the roadway and a simple traffic citation will most likely result. When a driver is presumed to be under the influence of alcohol, the driver could face more serious consequences. This is especially true if an accident occurred.

The Washington State Patrol recently responded to a head-on collision that injured two men. According to reports, the accident occurred on Interstate 90 at around 12:18 a.m. when a car was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Interstate. The head-on crash occurred near the junction of State Route 900.

Passenger hurt in suspected DUI accident in Washington State

Most Washington State drivers probably understand that repercussions often follow a traffic or criminal law violation. When a driver is suspected of a violation, they are often issued a citation. Depending on the number of citations or convictions on their record and the severity of the current violation, the driver could face a license suspension. Following an accident, police officers will often establish whether alcohol contributed to the accident. If the driver is suspected of a DUI, they could face serious penalties if charged for a drunk driving accident.

Authorities in Bellingham suspect that alcohol was involved in a recent single-vehicle accident. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. when the 23-year-old driver and 23-year-old passenger left the Mount Baker Ski Area. The driver supposedly lost control of his SUV, causing him to go down into an embankment and crash into a tree.

High-speed chase ends in drunk driving accident in Tacoma

Authorities on the roadway as well as other drivers will often monitor the driving of others traveling on the roadway. When a police officer suspects that a driver is under the influence, they will attempt to stop the driver. This is not only to determine whether a driver has been consuming alcohol, but also to prevent a accident from occurring. When a drunk driving accident occurs, lives are put in danger and the driver could face serious penalties.

A suspected drunk driver was recently involved in a drunk driving accident in Tacoma. According to preliminary reports, the driver was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when Washington State Troopers attempted to pull over the car for speeding.

DUI policy tweaked in Washington State

Lawmakers in the state of Washington often seek to construct and amend policy in order to benefit the residents and visitors of the state. This is especially true when it comes to people traveling on the roadways. In order to create safer situations on the roads, making tougher laws and stiffer penalties for drunk driving might reduce the number of DUIs and alcohol related accidents. In contrast, those suspected of drunk driving could endure serious penalties, making a defense a crucial response to the alleged charges.

Five tweaks to the DUI policy in Olympia recently occurred. Supporters described these changes as being modest. The changes not only allow clarification to some parts of the current law but also stiffen the penalties for those that are repeat DUI offenders. Furthermore, the state Senate is seeking to establish more substantive measures such as making a driver's fourth drunk driving charge a felony.

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