The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that a Yelm Man, Thor Aksdal, was arrested after he drove his car the wrong-way on the Interstate-5 near Olympia. The State Patrol said that Aksdal drove his Mercury Mystique north into the southbound lanes, hitting a Chevy Tracker and seriously injuring the driver. The State Patrol arrested Aksdal, who was also injured, for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The State Patrol closed the I-5 for nearly three hours after the accident.
In Washington State, almost half of all traffic fatalities are caused by drunk drivers. All DUI offenses are gross misdemeanors. RCW 9A.20.021, 46.61.502(5) & 46.61.504(5).
If you have been injured or had a loved one killed due to someone driving while under the influence or alcohol or drugs, you should contact The Farber Law Group. We ill aggressively gather the facts including whether the driver had previous DUI charges, whether a bar or a restaurant illegally served the person or whether the drunk driver was in the course of their employment.
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