The Washington State Patrol press release said loud and clear: “You can’t make this stuff up.”
Troopers investigating a fleeing driver who may have been under the influence in Kitsap County Saturday arrested two other drivers who passed by the scene. Both of them are also suspected of DUI and troopers say one of them caused a rear-end crash and then tried to escape during a chase.
The Washington State Patrol said it started around 2 a.m. when a trooper spotted a 2002 Acura going 75 mph in a 35 mph zone. The trooper chased the suspect at speeds over 80 mph on Bucklin Hill Road before the driver crashed into a dirt embankment at the intersection of NW Fairgrounds Rd and Central Valley. The 25-year-old driver was arrested for eluding troopers and DUI.
Less than an hour later as troopers were investigating the crash scene, WSP said a 2004 Infiniti sped through the scene. Some troopers had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. The 24-year-old woman driving the Infiniti was stopped and arrested for DUI and reckless driving. Troopers say she refused to take a breath test.
Less than an hour after that, while investigators were still investigating the first case, a woman approaching the scene on Central Valley Rd was rear-ended by a 1989 Nissan pickup. The Nissan, which had heavy front-end damage, left the scene. While being chased by troopers, the hood of the truck flew open and blocked the driver’s view. The driver crashed into a ditch.
WSP said troopers had to forcibly remove the 24-year-old driver as he was trying to run away from the crash. He was arrested for DUI and felony hit and run. Troopers say his blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit.
The 62-year-old woman who was rear-ended was taken to Harrison Hospital.