The Seattle P-I reports that an 86-year-old driver was involved in a wrong way crash on Interstate 5 in Tacoma late last night. Not only was this senior citizen driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 but police believe that he was driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol at the time.
According to the report, the man entered I-5 travelling north in the southbound lanes and collided head-on with another vehicle after midnight. Both vehicles suffered major front-end damage and both drivers were injured.
Police arrested the wrong-way driver and have booked him into jail. He faces charges of DUI and vehicular assault. Washington vehicle code RCW 46.61.522 “Vehicular Assault” can be charged if a person is seriously injured in a car accident and the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Washington state law finds that a driver is impaired if their blood alcohol concentration is .08% or higher. With a BAC at this level, a driver often experiences some, if not all of the following effects:
- Poor muscle coordination which exhibits as slurred speech, delayed reaction time and reduced vision and hearing.
- Impaired judgment, reasoning and memory.
- Impaired concentration.
- Short-term memory loss.
- Impaired perception.
- Impaired information processing ability.
This driver probably also had effects of aging against him as well. Many drivers at the age of 86 have already decided to not drive on freeways or drive after dark. The aging process already slows down thought memory, judgment and thought and add alcohol to that mix makes a car accident seem almost inevitable.
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