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Port Angeles, Washington – Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into WSP Office, Later Found at Another Property

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Posted on November 26, 2019

Port Angeles, Washington (November 24, 2019) – A suspected drunk driver struck the office of the Washington State Patrol and was later found crashed in a yard at the 1700 block of South Bagley Creek Road on Sunday night. Fortunately no one was injured in both incidents, and driver has been arrested.

The incident started around 9:30 p.m. when a car collided with the corner of the Washington State Patrol office. The crash left a foot-deep hole in the building. The driver fled the scene, but only fifteen minutes later it was reported that an SUV had driven through a fence at a property on South Bagley Creek Road. Officer responding to the scene found the driver, and found evidence that the driver was drunk and was also responsible for damaging the WSP office. The driver has been booked into Clallam County Jail for investigation of DUI and hit-and-run.

About Vehicle Accidents

From data gathered on car crashes into buildings, the cause was usually operator error or pedal error. For operator errors, drivers usually accelerated or were at high speeds, or were in the wrong gear. Pedal error means that drivers stepped on the gas when they meant to step on the brake. Other, smaller factors for crashing into buildings are situation-based, such as driving under influence, traffic accidents, weather conditions or medical emergencies. A very small percentage are for people who intentionally ram buildings to commit theft. From these causes, lack of control is a common feature.

Because of the crash site, the threat of injuries applies not only to the occupants of the car but also people inside the building. Damage can also be done to either the car or the struck building. As always, we urge everyone to drive with caution and practice safe driving wherever you go. Doing so minimizes damage and injuries you can inflict not only on yourself, but on others as well. If you have however become a victim of a vehicle accident of any sort, we extend our sympathies and compassion.