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November 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Driver in custody for vehicular assault in I-5 roller crash in Federal Way

UPDATED: 9:40 p.m. Corrects earlier information from the Washington State Patrol

The driver of a pick-up truck  is in custody for vehicular assault after the truck rolled off the Interstate 5 freeway onto South 288th Street in Federal Way, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.

The driver and a passenger were found conscious and alert after the crash, which occurred at about 7:40 p.m. on the southbound lane of I-5, Webb said in a series of dispatches on the social media site Twitter.

Webb initially said the driver was in custody for driving under the influence. He also said the driver fled the scene, leaving two passengers trapped in the car before being taken into custody.

But, later, he said, “It appears the driver attempted to deceive officers at the scene by telling them another person was driving.”

Webb said  South 288th Street was expected to be closed in whole or part for several hours. The closures may also affected I-5 southbound lanes, he said.

The truck had previously been reported as driving unsafely, according to Webb.

 

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