Impaired-driving arrests down over holidays

Oregon and Washington state police reported declines in arrest totals.


Fewer drivers in Washington and Oregon were arrested for driving while impaired this holiday season, police in both states have reported.

Washington State Patrol troopers arrested 161 drivers suspected of being impaired by drugs or alcohol over the recent Christmas holiday weekend. That number was down from 194 arrests during the same period in 2010, said Robert Calkins, WSP spokesman.

The figure does not include arrests made by local police or sheriff's deputies, Calkins said.

Oregon State Police reported 28 driving under the influence arrests between 6 p.m. on Friday and Monday night. That number was down from 36 such arrests during the same period last year, the agency said in a release.

Calkins said three fatal collisions were reported to the WSP during the holiday weekend, but only one involved drugs or alcohol.

That crash resulted in the death of a 47-year-old Chehalis, Wash., man on State Highway 2 in Snohomish County. Troopers believe an impaired driver went around barricades and drove onto a pedestrian walkway, killing the man and injuring another.

The remaining two fatal crashes involved a 9-year-old Clinton, Wash., girl who was killed when a tree fell on the vehicle she was riding in Sunday in Island County and a pedestrian killed by a vehicle Monday morning in Auburn.

The only traffic fatality reported in Oregon during the holiday period occurred at 6 p.m. Christmas Day in a two-vehicle crash north of Eugene. The OSP did not state whether drugs or alcohol were suspected of being involved in the crash.


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