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Possible drunk driver crashes through highway roadblock

Washington residents might like to know about an incident involving a wrong-way driver that necessitated roadblocks and ended with a crash in Mount Vernon. The event took place on Oct. 4 at around 4:10 a.m. in Whatcom County when a 1987 Pontiac Fiero headed south in the northbound lanes of I-5. The driver traveled the wrong way for 19 miles, and it is suspected that the motorist was inebriated at the time of the incident.

The driver was a 28-year-old man from Covington. The authorities reportedly tried to get the man to stop before deciding to establish a roadblock. The roadblock was erected near Kincaid Street but failed to stop the driver. The motorist drove through the roadblock and was finally stopped when crashing into a semi-truck and a Subaru.

Firefighters had to remove the driver from his Fiero as it was totaled. He suffered injuries in the accident and was taken to the hospital for treatment. This driver is being investigated for reckless driving and DUI. Fortunately, no other people were injured.

When people are facing drunk driving charges, the circumstances can matter a great deal when it comes to potential consequences if convicted. If no one is injured and there is not significant property damage, a defendant might be charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony. However, the blood alcohol content at the time of the incident can make a difference along with any previous DUI convictions.

People may wish to consult an attorney when charged with a DUI offense. An attorney could provide advice on an appropriate course of action that might include pleading to lesser charges or contesting the charges. The evidence could make a difference in each case when deciding how to act.

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