A two-car collision in the North Central Washington city of Oroville allegedly involved two suspected drunk drivers, reports KOMO News.
In the accident, six people were injured including a pedestrian that pushed another pedestrian to safety when one of the cars careened out of control. Authorities say that the accident occurred when a 44-year-old unidentified woman attempted to make a left turn into the path of a pickup truck being driven by an unidentified 27-year-old man. The two vehicles collided and one vehicle then careened into the path of two pedestrians.
One of the pedestrians pushed the other to safety, but was struck himself. In addition to the injuries to the pedestrian and two drivers, three passengers in the pickup truck were also injured including a four-year-old girl. Authorities are still investigating whether the two drivers were intoxicated.
In Washington, drivers should know that they can be charged with drunk driving even if there is no blood alcohol test or if the driver tests below 0.08 blood alcohol level. Authorities only have to prove that you are impaired through alcohol or drug use. So if your driving is impaired, you could face a criminal DUI charge even if your blood alcohol level is below 0.08. Furthermore, authorities may support such a charge with evidence of erratic driving such as speeding, attempting to make a left turn into heavy traffic, or otherwise not driving safely.
If you have any questions about a drunk driving charge in the Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond areas, contact an attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense. Our experienced attorneys can help review the charges you face and also go over your defenses and options. Contact us at 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.