A suspected DUI driver who reportedly wrestled her car keys back from concerned witnesses after colliding with a pole and a tree was involved in a second multiple car crash just minutes later on Broadway that seriously injured three people early Sunday morning just after 2 AM. UPDATE: CHS has obtained the initial SPD report on the incident that includes details of the female DUI suspect taking her keys from an arriving officer and speeding out of a parking garage before colliding with an SUV at Broadway and James. The details from the report are below.
According to SPD and Seattle Fire reports and radio broadcasts, a female driver involved in a “high speed” collision at Broadway and James was found unconscious and had to be extricated from her smashed-up vehicle. The driver and two other people involved in the crash were taken to the hospital. Two of the victims reportedly suffered life threatening injuries. We do not know the conditions of those involved at this time.
UPDATE 10/27/14 9:30 AM: We are still working to get confirmation on the incident’s details and the condition of the female driver but we have learned that the victims from the second vehicle, a mid-sized SUV, were reportedly not seriously injured. Seattle Fire says four people were in the SUV that collided with a utility pole during the crash. All had to be extricated from the vehicle but none suffered visible injuries. The driver, a male in his 30s, and the three other occupants were taken to Harborview for further examination. We’ll update when we learn more about the female driver of the Volkswagen.
UPDATE 10/27/14 11:00 AM: Seattle Fire has tracked down more information on the condition of the female driver and reports that she was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
UPDATE 10/27/14 1:06 PM: According to the SPD report on the incident, the suspected DUI driver didn’t just take her keys back before getting into the major collision — the 24-year-old managed to get her keys and allegedly pull a fast one on an East Precinct cop who responded to the QFC Harvard Market parking lot and reported the details of the getaway below. According to the report, the suspect told the officer she had been drinking and was intoxicated because she is a “light weight.” She then somehow managed to get her car keys back before tricking the officer into letting her get back in the car. Here’s how the officer reported the incident played out:
The witness who first reported the suspected DUI driver and took her keys tells CHS the woman was extremely inebriated and that a large crowd had gathered who had also seen her erratic driving and called the police. The witness said he left the keys with the group and left the scene. According to the report, the arriving officer found the woman’s keys on the bumper of her car when he arrived.
According to the initial report, the woman’s car collided with the SUV as it was stopped at the Broadway/James intersection:
The suspect has not yet been charged with a crime. A check of court records reveals no previous DUI incidents under her name in Seattle.
Original report: According to East Precinct radio broadcasts, a grey Volkswagen two-door involved in the Broadway and James crash was driven by the same woman who witnesses saw hit a tree and a pole near the Harvard Market parking lot just before 2 AM. Witnesses reported that the woman appeared to be intoxicated and that she had taken back her keys and driven from the scene. The Broadway and James crash occurred about 20 minutes later. Police also found victims of a hit and run involving what was believed to be the same suspect at Bellevue and Pike.
The crash occurred following a night of high winds and power outages in Seattle. The area where the collision occurred had power at the time of the incident.
The intersection at Broadway and James was closed during the response and as police collected evidence. An SPD “drug recognition expert” was called to the scene to aid in the investigation.