Drunken driver hits vehicles in Klahanie

June 9, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

Several Klahanie residents had a rude awakening last month after a drunk driver smashed into parked vehicles just after midnight May 22.Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said a man heard screeching tires and a crash near Summerwalk Apartments, 3850 Klahanie Drive S.E., at about 12:30 a.m. When deputies arrived, they discovered a damaged maroon Dodge pickup. The driver had sideswiped six vehicles parked along Klahanie Drive Southeast. Urquhart said the crash caused at least $10,000 worth of damage.

After the accident, the driver — a 29-year-old Bellevue man — got out of the truck to retrieve some items from the truck bed. 

He and his female passenger then walked off. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident. Law enforcement officials have not released his name.

Urquhart said a blood-alcohol level was not available for the driver. The legal limit is .08 percent.

Most of the damaged cars were still parked along tree-lined Klahanie Drive Southeast last week. Broken glass surrounded a maroon Saturn sedan with a shattered rear window. A driver’s side mirror hung limply from the car. A blue Dodge Durango was damaged as well. The rear driver’s side tire on the sport utility vehicle was also flattened during the accident. A maroon Toyota Corolla was struck and had its driver’s side mirror clipped. A damaged tailgate on a red Ford F-150 appeared to be another sign of the accident.

Except for the F-150, the vehicles were parked on the east side of the street. Some of the vehicle owners are residents of the nearby Summerwalk Apartments.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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