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Head-on crash on SR 512 injures 3

A Puyallup man was arrested on vehicular assault charges early Saturday after he drove his vehicle the wrong direction on state Route 512 and hit another car head on.

The collision occurred at 5:37 a.m. Saturday. Benjamin Cabral, 36, was first spotted driving his pickup the wrong way on SR 512 at Steele Street, and he continued east for more than three miles before he hit Miguel Salinas of Lakewood, who was driving a pickup west.

Troopers reported there was probable cause that Cabral was under the influence of alcohol. Cabral was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault, and a blood test was administered.

Both Cabral and Salinas were seriously injured, but both are expected to survive. A 23-year-old female passenger in Salinas’ vehicle sustained minor injuries.

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