'It's alarming to us,' trooper says after 4 suspected DUI-related deaths in 4 days
SEATTLE -- Washington State Patrol trooper Joseph Armstrong said he's concerned after there has been three crashes suspected of being DUI related in the past four days.
In the latest crash Sunday morning, investigators say a young man drove west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90, crashed head-on into a car going the opposite direction and killed the driver.
"We want people to get home to their families," Armstrong said. "And to have that happen in one weekend in two different counties, it's alarming to us."
Just days ago, investigators say a mixture of marijuana, Xanax and using a cell phone behind the wheel led to the deaths of three people in Pierce County when a man swerved across several lanes of Interstate 5 and hit an SUV.
The victim's SUV smashed the center barrier, struck an overpass support column, rolled and landed upside down.
The suspect's father spoke to KOMO News after his son faced a judge.
"I do want to apologize again for my son. But he's got to face what he did," Ray Washington said.
Investigators say luckily, no one was seriously hurt when another suspected DUI driver hit a trooper's patrol car after he pulled someone over on I-5 early Saturday morning near Boeing Access Road.
Troopers say if you choose to drink or take drugs, don't get behind the wheel.
"Get a DD, get an Uber, get a cab, find different ways," Armstrong said. 'We don't want this to happen because it not only does ruin a family's life, it ruins the person driving because they have to live with that."
Troopers hold several emphasis patrols throughout the year with a goal of zero deaths out on the roads by 2030.
If you spot someone who might be under the influence behind the wheel, troopers urge you to call it in right away.