Troopers arrest 161 motorists for DUI during holiday weekend

December 28, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 4 p.m. Dec. 28, 2011

State troopers arrested 161 motorists suspecting of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during Christmas weekend.

The figure is down from the 194 arrests troopers made during the period last year. The tally does not include arrested made by local law enforcement agencies, although the Issaquah Police Department is participating in holiday season drunken driving patrols.

“We’re going in the right direction, but these numbers are still too high,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement. “There’s just no excuse for putting yourself and others at risk by driving while impaired.”

The state patrol noted three fatal collisions during the holiday weekend. Troopers believe alcohol or drugs contributed to the death of a 47-year old Chehalis man on State Highway 2 near the Hewitt Avenue trestle in Snohomish County.

Troopers said the driver went around barricades and drove onto a pedestrian walkway, killing a man and injuring another.

No fatal collisions occurred during the same period in 2010.

Through Nov. 30, state troopers had arrested 20,130 motorists for DUIs for the year — or up about 1 percent from the same period in 2010.

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