Drunk driver drives to the jail | Washington State Patrol

A driver is investigated for driving under the influence after blocking the marked law enforcement entrance to the King County Jail during the St. Patrick’s Day patrol.

Just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning of St. Patrick’s Day weekend officers were steadily filing in and out of the King County Jail. A trooper found the driveway to the jail entrance blocked by a Dodge Stratus.  The Stratus had pulled near the sally port door allowing room for the trooper to pull fully behind it.  The trooper realized it was not an unmarked law enforcement vehicle.  The trooper contacted the driver, a 26 year old Des Moines female, who stated a cell phone was dropped in the car and she pulled into the drive way to look for it, not realizing she was blocking the entrance to the jail.  The trooper recognized signs of possible intoxication and performed an investigation for DUI eventually placing the driver in custody.

Many serious injury and fatality collisions in King County can be attributed to drivers under the influence missing important details like this driver missing the signage for the jail entrance.  Drivers who are impaired make critical errors when faced with decisions like maneuvering past construction scenes, entering the roadway at an onramp instead of driving the wrong way up an exit ramp, and failing to realize they are traveling against traffic once headed the wrong way on a roadway.

Over the St. Patrick’s day weekend, troopers working in King County arrested 43 DUI drivers in just 24 hours. These efforts greatly reduce the potential for serious collisions created by drivers that are impaired and unable to drive safely.

The Washington State Patrol’s Target Zero team is part of Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injury collisions in our state.  DUI enforcement is an important part in achieving that goal.  Although there are a number of factors that can contribute to a crash, impairment is the most common factor.

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