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December 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Arrests down, fatalities up, over Christmas holiday

The number of drunk drivers arrested over the Christmas holiday weekend was down, according to the Washington State Patrol, but the number of fatalities was up.

The State Patrol arrested 161 drivers suspected of being impaired by drugs or alcohol over the holiday weekend.  That’s down from 194 arrests during the same period last year.  It does not include arrests made by local sheriff’s deputies or city police officers.

But fatalities were up.  There were three fatal collisions over the holiday; there were none last year.

The three fatalities include a Chehalis man who died on Highway 2 near the Hewitt Avenue trestle in Snohomish County.  Troopers believe an impaired driver went around barricades and drove onto a pedestrian walkway, killing the man and injuring another.

A 9-year-old Clinton girl died when a tree fell on the car in which she was riding Christmas Day. And the Auburn Police Department is investigating a car-pedestrian fatality Monday morning on Auburn Way South.

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