Troopers seek witnesses in suspected DUI crash in Lynnwood

A woman suffered a broken leg in the five-car crash. The suspect reportedly failed sobriety tests.

LYNNWOOD — Detectives with the Washington State Patrol are seeking more witnesses in a suspected DUI collision on northbound I-5 that resulted in a serious injury Sunday evening.

Troopers responded to a five-car crash at 6:19 p.m. involving a rollover. The suspect, a 44-year-old man from Freeland, was standing outside of his Chevrolet Suburban SUV. He reportedly told troopers he lost control and wasn’t sure how many other vehicles were damaged.

Three women suffered injuries, one of whom had a broken leg.

A trooper noted the man’s eyes were watery and bloodshot and that he smelled as if he had been drinking. He reportedly said he had two margaritas with his dinner.

Sobriety tests indicated he was under the influence, according to a trooper’s report. He lost balance and swayed when standing on one foot. When walking in a straight line, he missed heel-toe on several steps. He also didn’t complete a turn when he was supposed to, and instead stopped to ask what to do.

In a breath test, he blew a .10.

The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault. Troopers applied for a search warrant to obtain a blood sample from him.

“WSP detectives are examining all aspects that led to this collision and are seeking additional witnesses that may have information surrounding this collision,” a statement from the state patrol said.

Tips can be directed to Detective Charles Sletten at 360-654-1144 or charles.sletten@wsp.wa.gov.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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