A suspected intoxicated driver was arrested on Friday night after rear-ending a police car at a red light, reports KOMO News. The accident happened shortly before midnight and involved a chain reaction crash of three vehicles.
Authorities say that the unidentified driver didn't stop his car in time at a red light in the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle, near Ballard. The suspected drunk driver had taken an off-ramp from 15th Avenue West and allegedly struck the police vehicle, which in turn struck the vehicle in front of him. A Drug Recognition Officer was called to the scene and processed the driver of the believed to be at-fault vehicle for driving under the influence. It was not reported whether the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, though the fact that a drug recognition officer was called to the scene suggests that marijuana or some other drug may have been at issue.
The police officer and the driver of the third vehicle both suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Contact a Seattle DUI Attorney
Any DUI charge is bad. However, when you are involved in a fender-bender with a police officer and drugs may have been at issue, you face a particularly tough uphill battle. Still, you should remember that no matter who is involved in a DUI incident, you have rights until proven guilty.
If you are charged with a DUI in the Seattle or King County areas, it is important that you work with an experienced attorney. The penalties you face are very severe and an attorney can help flush out your defenses and explain your options.
To learn how an attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense can help you, schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your case by calling 425-284-2000. Don't hesitate to call, and don't fight your fight alone.