A Washington woman is facing DUI charges after police allege that she crossed into oncoming traffic and caused a three car collision. Traffic was closed during the afternoon cleanup effort on a Poulsbo highway. The woman suffered minor injuries, but the other parties appear to have escaped the crash uninjured.

On Oct. 16 around 4:30 p.m., police claim that a 59-year-old from Port Orchard was traveling south on Highway 305 when she crossed over the median into the northbound lane. The authorities allege that the woman then collided head-on with a pickup truck driven by a 66-year-old Sequim man. This caused another car, driven by a 61-year-old woman from Silverdale, to collide with the rear end of the man’s pickup truck, according to reports. The Port Orchard woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The other two drivers were reportedly uninjured.

The Washington State Patrol has stated that they believe that drugs or alcohol was the cause of the accident. Police are charging the Port Orchard woman with driving under the influence. Traffic was diverted throughout the afternoon after the crash, with cars diverted around as firefighters worked to separate the three vehicles using crowbars and other equipment. The Port Orchard woman’s car and the pickup truck were reportedly totaled, while the other car also appeared to be heavily damaged. Traffic was again flowing after the scene was fully cleared in the evening.

Washington DUI penalties can be severe, potentially including loss of license or even jail time in some cases. An attorney who has experience with defending against drunk driving charges may be able to reduce or eliminate the penalties by properly investigating the incident, evaluating the evidence and defending against the charges in court.

Source: North Kitsap Herald, “Driver charged with DUI after three-car collision on Highway 305“, October 17, 2013