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1 death, 2 arrests in DUI-implicated crashes on I-5

Interstate 5 in Tacoma was shut down in the early morning hours of Oct. 21 when two car crashes happened in close proximity to each other. One person was killed in the crashes, and a number of other people were injured, according to the Washington State Patrol. Two people were taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. Six vehicles involved in the crashes sustained damages or were totaled.

The fatal crash which occurred at around 2:15 a.m. was a chain-reaction event that started with a driver slamming into a stopped Ford Explorer on the shoulder of I-5. The State Patrol reports that the initial impact cause the Explorer to hit a third vehicle, then a fourth driver struck the first three cars. The driver of the Ford Explorer, a 46-year-old man who was standing outside of his vehicle when the crash happened, was gravely injured and transported to a hospital where he later died. The driver of the first vehicle was charged with DUI and vehicular homicide and taken into custody.

According to the State Patrol, the second accident happened nearby in a construction area when an inattentive driver's car hit a cone and was then struck by a second vehicle. The initial driver was detained and faces DUI charges.

People who have been charged with drunk driving face serious consequences if a conviction is obtained. These can include incarceration, fines and the loss of driving privileges. As a result, people who are facing these charges may want to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible in order to see how best to respond to the allegations.

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