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Trooper: DUI suspect was so drunk, she still thought she was driving after crashing her car

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OLYMPIA — Troopers arrested a 46-year-old woman Tuesday morning who was allegedly so drunk, she thought she was still driving after disabling her vehicle in a guardrail crash.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a trooper coming back from the Thurston County Courthouse around 8:10 a.m. found a disabled vehicle that had struck a concrete barrier on Custer Avenue above Interstate 5 in Olympia.

The trooper made contact with the woman in the vehicle and after determining she wasn’t injured, immediately noticed signs of impairment. The woman still thought she was driving the vehicle, troopers said, even though it was stopped and both right side tires were flat.

Troopers performed a roadside breath test and the woman allegedly registered a blood-alcohol level of .322, four times the legal limit. The woman was arrested for DUI.

No other people were injured in the crash, troopers said.

The WSP reminds people to report vehicles driving erratically at anytime during the day or night.

A blood-alcohol level of .4 is usually considered fatal.

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5 comments

    • What?

      RCW 46.61.667
      Using a wireless communications device or hand-held mobile telephone while driving.

      (1)(a) Except as provided in subsections (2)(a) and (3)(a) of this section, a person operating a moving motor vehicle while holding a wireless communications device to his or her ear is guilty of a traffic infraction.

      (b) Except as provided in subsection (2)(b) and (3)(b) of this section, a person driving a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in RCW 46.25.010, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays, while using a hand-held mobile telephone is guilty of a traffic infraction. For purposes of this subsection, “driving” does not include operating a commercial motor vehicle with or without the motor running when the driver has moved the vehicle to the side of, or off, a highway and has stopped in a location where the vehicle can safely remain stationary.

      (2)(a) Subsection (1)(a) of this section does not apply to a person operating:

      (i) An authorized emergency vehicle, or a tow truck responding to a disabled vehicle;

      (ii) A moving motor vehicle using a wireless communications device in hands-free mode;

      (iii) A moving motor vehicle using a hand-held wireless communications device to:

      (A) Report illegal activity;

      (B) Summon medical or other emergency help;

      (C) Prevent injury to a person or property

  • What?

    “Whats the point of calling.if ur driving what so u can get a ticket in the mail i think not”
    Joseph – it is NOT illegal to call 911 with your cellphone while driving. It is specifically allowed under the RCW.