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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

January 24, 2014 at 6:42 AM

Wrong-way driver hits trooper on I-5 at Tukwila

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.:

The driver was 19 years old, according to the Washington State Patrol.

CORRECTION:  An earlier version of this post incorrectly said which direction troopers say the woman was driving.

ORIGINAL POST:

A Washington State Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries after a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 struck his patrol car in Tukwila this morning.

Trooper Chris Webb said the woman was driving south in the northbound lanes, and she’s believed to have entered the freeway in downtown Seattle.  Witnesses reported the vehicle to 911 dispatchers and troopers went looking for her, Webb said.

The SUV driver, a woman from Tacoma believed to be in her 20s, struck the trooper’s cruiser near Highway 518. Another trooper then struck the woman intentionally with his front bumper push bars to get her to stop, Webb said.

The first trooper was briefly hospitalized with minor injuries, but no one else was hurt, Webb said.

The driver, whose identity has not been released, is being investigated for drunken driving, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

“We have probable cause to arrest her for DUI,” based on the odor of alcohol and the woman’s mannerisms, Webb said.

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