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Troopers arrest 3 in suspected DUI crashes in Thurston County

The State Patrol said troopers arrested three people for suspicion of driving under the influence in three separate collisions Thursday night and early Friday morning in Thurston County.

According to the report:

The first accident happened on James Road S.W. in the Rochester area around 5 p.m. Thursday. A 58-year-old man was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer westbound on James Road in the 10038 block when he failed to negotiate a curve. The Explorer rolled over and the driver was ejected. Troopers suspected the driver of DUI and a blood draw was administered at the accident scene. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is expected to recover from his injuries.

In the second accident, a 26-year-old woman was driving a 2002 Saturn heading east on 41st Ave. when she failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Steamboat Island Road just before 6 a.m. Friday. The Saturn left the roadway and struck a power pole shearing it off its base. Steamboat Island Road was closed in both directions for approximately four hours.

Troopers arrested the woman on suspicion of DUI at the scene. She was not injured in the crash.

In the third incident, a 22-year-old man was driving a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up on Vail Road S.E. At the intersection of Bald Hill Road S.E., the vehicle left the roadway and smashed into a power pole knocking it off its base. Troopers arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI at the scene. He received minor injuries in the crash. The Patrol did not provide the exact time of the accident.

The Patrol said the collisions resulted in thousands of dollars of property damage. Puget Sound Energy work crews were called out to secure the two power poles so the vehicles could be removed.

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