Suspected drunken driver slams into trooper's vehicle in Spanaway

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SPANAWAY, Wash. - A state trooper's patrol vehicle was struck and heavily damaged by a suspected drunken driver overnight as the trooper was in the process of arresting another DUI suspect who was involved in an earlier crash, the Washington State Patrol reports.

The incident unfolded at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Highway 7 and 208th Street East in Spanaway, said Trooper Brooke Bova.

She said a trooper had responded to a previous DUI crash near the intersection and the trooper's vehicle was blocking two lanes of Highway 7 at the accident scene with its lights flashing.

Suddenly a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer heading south on the highway smashed into the trooper's vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe.

A driver from the earlier crash was inside the trooper's vehicle and did not appear to be injured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The trooper was not injured, nor was the driver of the Blazer, a 56-year-old Spanaway man.

Both the Blazer and the trooper's patrol vehicle were totaled in the crash.

The driver of the Blazer faces DUI charges.

The roadway was blocked at the scene for about three hours after the crash but has since reopened.

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