Mary Kay Letourneau's husband charged with DUI after crash

Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Faulaau are seen in a KOMO file photo.

SEATTLE - Vili Faulaau, the husband of former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, is expected to appear in court Friday on a charge of driving under the influence.

The charge stems from a three-vehicle crash in Burien late on the evening of Feb. 2 that police say happened when Faulaau ran a red light and slammed into two other vehicles that were stopped at the light.

According to court documents and police reports, Faulaau was driving a Mercury Mountaineer SUV south on 1st Avenue South when he ran the red light at South 156th Street just before midnight that day.

The responding officer wrote in his report that Faulaau appeared intoxicated, with a "dazed drunk-like expression on his face, eyes bloodshot and glassy, speech slow, thick and slurred with the odor of intoxicants coming from his person."

Faulaau admitted to police that he had been drinking at a nearby bar and agreed to perform field sobriety tests, according to court documents.

As Faulaau was performing the tests, Letourneau pulled up in a car and blocked a white line being used in the sobriety test. When an officer asked her to move her car, she said she was Faulaau's wife and shouted at Faulaau not to do any tests and not to say anything as she was contacting their lawyer, court documents say.

Faulaau then declined to finish the sobriety test. He also declined to take a breath test, the case file says.

Police then arrested Faulaau and took him to the Burien police station for processing before releasing him.

The investigating officer wrote in his report that he had probable cause to believe Faulaau was under the influence of alcohol and unable to drive safely.

Faulaau and Letourneau made international headlines in the '90s when Letourneau, who was Faulaau's sixth-grade teacher at the time, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting him. He was 12 years old at the time.

Letourneau later served seven years in prison after violating her plea agreement to never contact Faulaau.

After her release from prison, the two were married in 2005 and now have two daughters together.

Last year, Faulaau filed documents to legally separate from Letourneau, but they reportedly are still married.

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