State Patrol: 86-year-old wrong-way driver on I-5 causes crash, arrested for DUI

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TACOMA — An 86-year-old wrong-way driver accused of causing a three-vehicle accident on southbound Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome Monday night was arrested for DUI, the Washington State Patrol said.

The collision closed all southbound lanes of I-5 for more than an hour.

There were three injured people, but the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, the State Patrol said.

The 86-year-old will be charged with vehicular assault and booked into jail after a trip to the hospital, the State Patrol said.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 86-year-old was driving a 2011 Toyota RAV-4 the wrong way in the center lane when he hit the other two vehicles head on.

A 36-year-old passenger in one of the victim vehicles was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital. An 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy in one of the victim vehicles were not inured.


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  • Kenneth Briggs

    give the person a year in jail and must go to weekly AA meetings for life and no more license for that person . let that person learn to walk , take a bus or call a cab . and no we do not need for the drunk to bike around for the drunk may fall off of bike .

  • Chazdazzle

    I bet the legal system is gonna allow to drive again so he can get caught and go back to jail. There’s big money to make off drunks who get caught driving…

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