EVERETT — A crash on I-5 sent a driver to the hospital and a suspected drunken driver to jail over the weekend in Everett.
An Everett man was driving a gray 2020 Volkswagen around 2 a.m. Christmas morning, headed south on I-5 just north of E Marine View Drive, according to a Washington State Patrol report filed in court Monday.
A red 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer reportedly struck the center divider and stopped on the freeway. The Volkswagen crashed into the Mitsubishi and flipped upside down.
The Mitsubishi driver, 42, of Seattle, suffered a fractured pelvis and ruptured spleen, according to a state trooper’s report. The man was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
The Volkswagen driver, 28, agreed to take a field sobriety test at the scene of the crash.
The man’s eyes reportedly looked “bloodshot and watery,” and he smelled like intoxicants, according to the trooper’s account. He reported to law enforcement he was on his way home from the Tulalip Resort Casino, where he claimed to have consumed two alcoholic drinks.
The man performed poorly in the sobriety test and his preliminary breath test suggested he had a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit of 0.08, the trooper wrote. He was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault.
The suspect was in custody Monday with bail set at $15,000.