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WSU student hospitalized after Colfax collision

Ian Waldron
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Ian Waldron is Davis Law Group's legal researcher and law reporter.
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Story Highlights:
One injured in Colfax accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by suspected DUI
Driver may be charged with malicious mischief, criminal trespass and reckless driving



Date: April 19, 2011, 04/19/2011
Location: Colfax, Whitman County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

Early Tuesday morning a man was injured in a DUI collision in Colfax.

A male student from Washington State University drove his Jeep Cherokee through campus and crashed through at least two fences. He also drove through the Palouse Ridge Golf Course and damaged the grass with obvious tread marks. A full damage report has not yet been completed.

According to Colfax Police, after the driver took his time driving around College Hill before crashing on Highway 195 in Colfax. He was flown to a Spokane hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The reporting police officer refused to say what the blood alcohol level was but the WSU Police may be forwarding charges of malicious mischief, criminal trespass and reckless driving to the county prosecutor. More information will be available at a later date.

Colfax Fatal Accident Statistics

Fatal accident count: 3
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 3
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
Fatalities: 3
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 6
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Driving under the influence (See RCW 46.61.502)
A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood
(b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug
(c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Reckless Driving Penalty (See RCW 46.61.500)

Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Violation of the provisions of this section is a gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than one year and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.

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If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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