Allegedly drunken driver tries to switch seats on I-5 in Olympia

Staff writerNovember 29, 2013 

An allegedly drunken driver of a van on Interstate 5 in Olympia attempted to switch seats with a passenger while speeding at 93 miles-per-hour in a 60-mph zone, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both the original driver of the van, and the person he attempted to switch seats with were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, WSP Trooper Guy Gill said.

Two intoxicated 15-year-old passengers in the van were arrested for being minors in possession of alcohol, Gill said.

The WSP trooper who pulled the van over was participating in the patrol's "I-5 Challenge," a three-state, week-long emphasis patrol by the California Highway Patrol, the Oregon State Police and the WSP. The "I-5 Challenge" emphasis patrols are aiming to have zero vehicular fatalities in the three states through Dec. 1.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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