College Place, Washington – DUI Driver Collides with Parked Car at Parking LotRequest Free Consultation
College Place, Washington (April 6, 2020) – A DUI driver was arrested following reports of erratic driving and colliding with a parked vehicle in a parking lot on the 720 block of Southwest Bade Street on Monday. According to the report from the College Place Police Department’s Facebook, the driver, 32 year-old Adam K. Dickinson, was found with a large laceration on his arm. Dickinson was evaluated by medics on the scene and later transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center. No other injuries were reported in the incident.
The incident started when officers were dispatched to reports of an erratic driver in the 700 block of Southwest Bade Street around 6:26 a.m. Dickinson was reported to have driven through the gates of the Walla Walla University’s maintenance lot, and while driving erratically in the area he struck another parked vehicle, resulting in significant damage. Dickinson also got out of the car at one point to punch the window of a parked trailer, resulting in injury. Dickinson later complied with officer’s commands and stepped out of the vehicle, and was noted to be under the influence and difficult to communicate with. He has been booked into Walla Walla County Jail for several charges, including reckless driving.
About Vehicle Accidents
According to 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die everyday from vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, which translates to a death every 50 minutes. Additionally, 2016 data also points to 28% of all traffic-related deaths in America. Driving under influence covers not only alcohol-impaired drivers, but also those under the influence of other substances. Drugs other than alcohol accounted for 16% of vehicle crashes in 2015 data. Marijuana use in particular is rising, with 13% of nighttime weekends drivers being found with marijuana in their system. Whether impaired by alcohol, narcotics, or any other substances, the dangers of driving under influence should be clear. Driving is an activity that requires awareness at all times and following street regulations as much as possible. Being under the influence of other substances brings down road awareness, as well as closing down reflex skills and attention.
We urge everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. Aside from the obvious dangers of drunk driving, it would also help to identify busy roads and try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well. Our sympathies and compassion for anyone who was caught up in a vehicle accident due to intoxicated drivers.