Driver in Highway 522 crash booked for vehicular assault

WOODINVILLE — A man’s Toyota Highlander collided with oncoming traffic after he drove the wrong way down Highway 522 early Sunday morning, according to police. The driver, a 32-year-old from Kirkland, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault.

The collision occurred shortly after midnight near the interchange of Highway 522 and Highway 9 in south Snohomish County, between Maltby and Woodinville.

The eastbound Toyota hit a westbound car head-on, the Washington State Patrol reported. The Kirkland man was unhurt but his passenger, a 35-year-old man, suffered a fractured vertebra and several other broken bones, according to police and prosecutors. The passenger was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was listed Monday in satisfactory condition.

Three people traveling in the other car suffered minor injuries, said Sgt. Mark Franciswith the State Patrol.

The Kirkland man reportedly admitted to drinking at least four beers that night, according to court documents. Prosecutors on Monday asked for $20,000 bail. A judge instead released the man pending charges.

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