State Patrol Officer Hit by Drunk Driver

A WSP trooper has a close call after an alleged drunk driver nearly ran him over last Saturday.

The trooper had just stopped another alleged DUI driver on the southbound shoulder of SR-101 when a car came barreling down the highway and smashed into his patrol car, according to WSP.

The trooper, who’s a three-year veteran, saw the car coming and was able to avoid the impact. Traveling at roughly 60 mph, the car clipped the patrol car’s open door and came to a stop roughly 200 yards down the road.

The driver sped off before the trooper could make an arrest.

About a mile away, another trooper was making a DUI stop when he saw a suspicious car backing into a private driveway on a road that runs parallel to SR-101.

After calling in backup, the troopers found the car and its driver, who they quickly identified as the man who hit the trooper moments earlier.

The 37-year-old man was arrested for DUI and hit and run. He told the troopers that he’d been at the Little Creek Casino and was on his way home. He also admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle, but wouldn’t give troopers permission to search it. He was booked into Mason County Jail.

After impounding the car and getting a search warrant, troopers found 19 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe inside.

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