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5 injured in suspected DUI head-on crash involving wrong-way BMW driver on SR 16

Five people were injured in a head-on crash caused by a suspected DUI driver in a BMW headed the wrong way on state Route 16 west in Tacoma early Christmas morning, the State Patrol said.

According to the report:

A 35-year-old Tacoma man was traveling eastbound in a 1997 BMW 540 on westbound SR 16 from the Narrows Bridge shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

A 2007 Toyota RAV4 carrying four people was traveling west from the Nalley Valley Viaduct. The BMW slammed into the Toyota in the westbound left lane.

Occupants of both vehicles were transported to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment injuries. No further information is available on their condition.

The BMW driver, believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at that the time, is facing DUI and vehicular assault charges. It is unknown if he was wearing a seat belt.

The SUV driver, a 22-year woman and her three passengers - 24-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy – were all from University Place and wore seat belts.

Both cars were totaled in the collision.

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