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Head-on Collision on Highway 302, Driver Charged With Vehicular Assault, DUI, Hit and Run

The 31-year-old female driver from Gig Harbor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The passenger of the car was sent to the hospital for injuries.

A 31-year-old female driver from Gig Harbor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Sunday night after she hit a car and drove away, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Officials said the woman and her 47-year-old male passenger entered Highway 302 eastbound near Purdy Lane Northwest from a parking lot and drove into the westbound lanes.

The woman’s car struck a vehicle head-on, pushing it backward. The car then fled the scene and stopped at a nearby parking lot.

The male passenger was injured and sent to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment. The two were not wearing their seat belts, officials said.

The female driver was transported to Pierce County Jail for vehicular assault, DUI and hit and run charges.

The 61-year-old Port Orchard woman and the 16-year-old boy in the other car were wearing their seat belts and were not injured. 

Kate Hamilton November 06, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I wrote to my state legislators a couple years ago, expressing concern over drunk drivers and hit-and-run incidents. One of the responses was "I'm not aware that we have much of an issue with that in this district'. Well, we do, and as much as I hate to see things like this happen, now the incidents are out there in the news and maybe something can be done about it. The legislature has to give the courts some direction on getting tougher on this kind of thing--if not, we will continue to hear about it, but nothing will change. It's bad enough to be under the influence, and that in itself deserves much more severe punishment than we currently have, but when you add hit and run to it, the penalty has to be enough to make people think twice before they do it again. I'm writing to my legislators again--how about you?
Smart November 07, 2012 at 12:54 PM
How about instead of wasting your time leaving comments on news stories about DUI and hit and runs that happen daily around this part of the state, keep wasting your own time writing your legislator so they can ignore your letters. That way we don't have to waste anyone's time reading. Be a little more naive would ya?

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