Man with previous DUI arrests suspected of vehicular assault

The man, 51, is suspected of drinking before a crash with a motorcycle on Highway 99 in Lynnwood.

LYNNWOOD — A man with three previous DUI arrests in the last 10 years was arrested Tuesday night following a crash in Lynnwood that sent a motorcyclist to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the injured motorcyclist’s condition was listed as “critical but stable,” according to Lynnwood Police Department spokesperson Joanna Small.

A Shoreline man, 51, was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault, driving under the influence, an ignition interlock violation and driving with a suspended license.

The crash occurred around 10 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 99 when the northbound motorcycle crashed into the passenger side of the southbound van as it attempted to turn left onto 52nd Avenue.

First responders arrived to find a woman sitting with the injured motorcyclist on top of the van, according to police reports. The woman was driving past as the crash happened, she reported, and she stopped to see if the drivers were OK. She climbed up on top of the van to tend to the injured man. She explained she was a nurse and that she was holding the man’s neck to stabilize it. The man suffered a cut to the neck, she reported, and it did “not look good.”

The motorcyclist, 21, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. It was reported he suffered broken bones, a cut to his jugular vein and possible internal injuries.

The van driver reportedly told police he heard somebody honking at him as he tried to take a left turn onto 52nd. He stopped the van. A motorcycle crashed into him, he reported, and he couldn’t “remember how or what happened,” according to court papers.

Police asked the Shoreline man if he’d had anything to drink that night. He reported he’d had two beers about an hour and a half before the crash at a bar in Everett. His eyes appeared glazed, according to police reports. Police asked him if he would be able to complete sobriety tests, and the man reported he was dizzy and did not think he would be able to. Officers reported the van driver appeared “clearly shaken up,” and that he cried and asked if the motorcycle driver was OK.

Ellen Dennis: 425-339-3486; edennis@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterellen

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