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Police arrest man in fatal collision

Police arrested a Sumner man early Monday at the scene of a two-car collision in Pacific that killed a Graham man.

The 29-year-old suspect was driving a gray 1997 Ford F-350 pickup west on Stewart Road Southeast when he crossed the center line and struck head-on a white 2000 Toyota Echo heading east, said Pacific police Sgt. Jim Pickett .

The collision was reported at 1:59 a.m. at the intersection of Stewart and Thornton Avenue Southwest, on the Pierce County side of the city near state Route 167.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Samuel Lee Stephens , 24, of Graham. He was the driver of the Echo.

Pickett declined to release the name of the man who was arrested, saying he hasn’t been charged .

The man exhibited signs of intoxication, including slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes, and admitted to an investigator he had been drinking at a tavern prior to the collision, Pickett said.

The man was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide and taken to a local hospital to get his blood drawn prior to booking. A medical examination revealed the man suffered a serious injury, and he was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Pickett said.

A police officer was waiting to take the man to the Pierce County Jail for booking once he’s released from the hospital, the sergeant said.

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