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Wrong-way driver hits four cars and kills one person

People who have been convicted of drunk driving seem to have difficulty in controlling the behavior that got them in trouble. A recent head-on collision on I-5 in Shohomish County involved an allegedly intoxicated driver who, according to police, had a long history of prior alcohol-related violations.

The accident occurred when the suspected drunk driver entered I-5 by heading north in the freeway's southbound lanes. The northbound car had four separate collisions with other vehicles. The last of the four crashes was a head-on collision that killed the driver of the other car. A state trooper stated in an affidavit that he observed "open containers of alcohol" in the defendant's vehicle. The trooper also said that he detected a "strong odor" of intoxicants in the defendant's vehicle. The defendant was allegedly heard to tell a trooper that he drank a lot.

According to the statement of probable cause filed by the state patrol after the accident, the defendant has been convicted of DUI violations twice in the last 10 years and four times prior to the commencement of the ten-year period. His license was suspended in March for reckless driving and he was required to use an ignition interlock device. Police allege that no such device was found in the defendant's vehicle.

The defendant in this case is facing very serious criminal charges that are exacerbated by his prior history of DUI convictions. A guilty verdict in this case may mean a significant period of incarceration and a hefty fine. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence, advice on potential defense strategies and the relative advantage of attempting to negotiate a favorable plea agreement.

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