There were two separate drunk-driving crashes in the Tri-City area this weekend.
Kennewick police report drink-driving crash at roundabout
The first alleged DUI incident this weekend occurred near the roundabout of 4th and Union streets in Kennewick. Police received reports of a vehicle crashing into a surrounding property at approximately 8:20 p.m. Saturday night (1/14/23).
Orange Dodge Challenger destroyed
When police arrived, they found an orange Dodge Challenger that had gone off the road, crashing into a tree and parked trailer. The entire front of the car was missing, but luckily, the driver escaped without life-threatening injuries. After police took the man to a local hospital, he was in the Benton County Jail on suspicion of DUI. After publication, multiple people on the police Facebook post mentioned having negative interactions with a similar vehicle in the past.
Tri-City residents describe past negative interactions with similar cars
In the comments section of the Kennewick Police Department post, multiple people mentioned having a problem with a car similar to an orange Dodge Challenger. One person said: “I’ve seen that car. If it’s the same car, the driver is a jerk, it’s probably him.” Another replied “I agree with that. I’m impressed with a car that looks exactly like this Car had a similar experience,” while another said “Looks like the one that cut right in front of me in West Pasco, WA. Then it was approaching my neighbor.” Another mentioned the Challenger’s style in The area is common, especially orange.
Second DUI crash this weekend at Tragic Richland intersection
On Sunday morning, the Richland Police Department reported the second DUI incident of the weekend. The accident happened at the same intersection, less than a year before, in another alleged DUI case that killed three people. You can read about the history of the accident and what has happened since the incident last February by clicking here. Both crashes occurred on the same light pole at the intersection of George Washington Road and Jadwin Road in Richland, Washington.
Single man survives Richland accident, jailed
The single male driver of the truck that crashed into a light pole at the intersection of George Washington Way and Jadwin was “non-life-threatening” and was treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center before being booked into the Benton County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. Read the full Richland Police Department post here. Read the full Kennewick Police Department post here.
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