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Accident area near Electric City (Google Earth)
Accident area near Electric City (Google Earth)
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Drunk Driver Thrown From Vehicle, Killed Near Grand Coulee Dam

Grant County Sherriff's say the 23-year-old man was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected around 2am Wednesday morning.

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New legislation would toughen DUI penalties (Newstalk870 File image)
New legislation would toughen DUI penalties (Newstalk870 File image)
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State Senate Toughens WA DUI Laws, Currently Weakest in U.S.

We will see if the State House tries to curtail this latest attempt to strengthen our state's DUI laws. For the sixth straight year, the GOP controlled State Senate this week voted 41-0 to make a significant change to DUI laws. The past five legislative sessions, the Democrat-controlled House declined to even bring it to the floor for a vote, so it didn't even pass.

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Bill would lower DUI level from .08 to .05  (Getty Images)
Bill would lower DUI level from .08 to .05 (Getty Images)
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Bill To Lower DUI Blood Alcohol Level Supported by Tri-City Legislators

It still has a hurdle or two before hitting the House floor for a vote, but House Bill 1874 is still alive.  It's being considered by the House Transportation Committee. For a bill to even be referred to the appropriate committee is considered a significant step. This bill would significantly affect whether a person is considered driving drunk or impaired.

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Tree did a number on this vehicle in Kennewick (Kennewick police)
Tree did a number on this vehicle in Kennewick (Kennewick police)
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Tree ‘Mocks’ Intoxicated Driver’s Vehicle Near Columbia Center

The tree seems to be saying "I'm standing tall, I didn't feel a thing."

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Quincy and Canal, where two intoxicated drivers hit each other (Google Street View)
Quincy and Canal, where two intoxicated drivers hit each other (Google Street View)
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Two Drunk Drivers With Suspended Licenses Hit Each Other

Sadly, most of the DUI accidents we report involve only one impaired driver, and often innocent victims in the other vehicle bear the brunt of the accident. But this one was a rare double 'whammy.' This is the intersection where it happened.

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Kennewick DUI Accident (Kennewick police)
Kennewick DUI Accident (Kennewick police)
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Snow, Booze Don’t Mix in Kennewick Accident

Sunday evening, Kennewick police reported an intoxicated driver plowed his truck into the back of another driver's car.

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Driver passes out in coffee stand drive through (Kennewick police)
Driver passes out in coffee stand drive through (Kennewick police)
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DUI Suspect Passes Out in Dutch Bros Drive Through!

Although it happened just prior to Christmas, it's one of the more bizarre DUI cases of the year.

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Drunk Dude Passes Out in Drive Thru Trying to Sober Up

You just can't make this stuff up!! From the Kennewick Police crime blotter on Facebook a 19 year old male was found passed in the Dutch Bros. Drive thru....

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State Patrol chased this guy all over the place in August (Washington State Patrol)
State Patrol chased this guy all over the place in August (Washington State Patrol)
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Man Finally Sentenced After 100MPH Chase, Resisting Arrest, And More!

Over four months after committing a series of crimes, a Quincy, WA man is finally going to spend at least six months in jail. We're surprised it's not longer.

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Shortly after this photo, woman 'decorated' the interior of the patrol car (Kennewick police)
Shortly after this photo, woman 'decorated' the interior of the patrol car (Kennewick police)
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DUI Suspect Vomits All Over Interior of Patrol Car

Regardless of whether it's Kennewick, Richland, Pasco or other jurisdictions, officers appreciate the crews who maintain and keep their units clean and in good shape. Here's why.

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