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Blotter | DUI arrest after Volunteer Park water tower wall crash

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  • Water tower crash: A reported teen driver was arrested for DUI early Thursday morning after the car he was driving smashed into a stone retaining wall near the historic Volunteer Park water tower. Police and Seattle Fire were called to the park just after 1 AM following the collision that also reportedly damaged several cars. There they found the driver still in the vehicle and passed out at the wheel. He was not seriously injured and was taken into custody for investigation of DUI without incident. No serious damage to the rock wall was reported.
  • Broadway business owner charged in DUI: The owner of a Broadway salon was charged with driving under the influence in an incident that began with police finding a man in the middle of the street on First Hill. Leigh Dawson has been charged with DUI and pleaded not guilty, according to court records. Officers were called to Spring and Summit just before 10 PM to the report of the male in the street to find the man uninjured and sitting “cross-legged” in the roadway, according to the police report on the Friday, August 3rd incident. Officer Dan Auderer says he also found a woman outside her black Fiat parked in the street at the scene. As Auderer helped the man to the curb, the driver reportedly gave the officer a hug as if saying goodbye and asked, “Is he good?” According to the report, the officer told her the man was fine but there was another problem — he thought she smelled of alcohol and was likely drunk. The woman said she was headed to work and had a few glasses of wine earlier at Melrose Market wine bar Marseille, according to the report. Auderer says that the woman refused a breath test after failing some of his field observations. She was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. Auderer also included some colorful details about the arrest:
  • Hit and run DUI charges: A 60-year-old man visiting the city and on a tour of some Capitol Hill bars was arrested for DUI after an alleged hit and run smashed up a building gate in the 700 block of E Denny Way around midnight on August 8th. James R. Oliver has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for another hearing later this month. According to police, officers were called to CC Attle’s on E Olive Way following the crash to a report of a man inside the bar refusing to leave after security deemed him too inebriated to enter. Police say they found Oliver inside and he admitted hitting the fence. Police say tests confirmed that Oliver was intoxicated and that he also admitted he left the scene of the crash because he was drunk:
  • DUI incidents: East Precinct officers have investigated 100 driving under the influence incidents so far in 2018 including nine in August, according to
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