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Man found passed out on highway suspected of DUI

On Jan. 26, a Washington State Patrol trooper reportedly found a man passed out along a highway. After taking him to the hospital, it was determined that his blood-alcohol level was six times the legal limit.

According to the report, 911 dispatchers were tipped off to a silver Volvo that was traveling erratically on Interstate 5 near 145th Street at about 10:20 a.m. When the trooper arrived in the area, they found the vehicle parked in a grassy area off the shoulder of the interstate near 236th Street. The trooper also reportedly discovered that a man was sitting passed out behind the wheel. The vehicle was still running and the transmission was still in drive.

After turning the vehicle off, the trooper was unable to wake the man. Medics took him to a nearby hospital where he was identified as a 31-year-old Shoreline resident. The trooper found an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle, so his blood alcohol content was tested. It was found that he had a BAC of .480, which can be fatal. He was under investigation for DUI.

Those who are accused of drunk driving may potentially face serious consequences if they are convicted. Depending on the number of prior DUIs that they have, they could face a jail sentence, lose their driving privileges or be placed on a lengthy probation. A criminal law attorney may argue that authorities did not have probable cause to pull the vehicle over or to search the vehicle. Counsel may also argue that any Breathalyzer tests that were conducted gave false readings due to not being calibrated properly.

Source: Komo News, "WSP: Driver busted for DUI along I-5 had six times legal limit", Jan. 27, 2017

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