December 17, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 17, 2009
Newcastle police and officers from 25 other law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols through the weekend until Dec. 31.
During the stepped-up patrols, known as X-52 patrols, officers will look for people who drive after drinking or using drugs, and arrest them.
King County law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol will work together to conduct DUI patrols on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Christmas, Dec. 26 and New Year’s Eve.
December 16, 2009
NEW — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2009
A crash near Preston caused by a suspected drunk driver sent two people to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities said the driver, a Newcastle woman, was traveling eastbound in a silver Acura when the vehicle crossed the center median that separates eastbound and westbound Interstate 90. The accident occurred just east of the Preston exit.
A Washington State Patrol trooper witnessed the Acura cross the median, then drive down the hill and continue in the middle westbound lane — traveling in the opposite direction. The driver swerved right to avoid a collision with a tractor-trailer and instead collided with a Honda Civic. The accident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.