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2 State Patrol cars hit by suspected DUI driver on I-5 in Seattle

Two Washington State Patrol cars were hit by a suspected DUI driver early Wednesday morning while pulled over on Interstate 5 in Seattle, according to trooper Rick Johnson. (Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol)

SEATTLE -- Two Washington State Patrol cars were hit by a suspected DUI driver early Wednesday morning while pulled over on Interstate 5 in Seattle, according to trooper Rick Johnson.

The incident happened about 1:55 a.m. Wednesday when a trooper was pulled over on southbound I-5 just south of milepost 161 to do a field sobriety test. Another trooper was also there for assistance, Johnson told KOMO Newsradio.

That was when a vehicle struck one of the patrol cars while going about 60 mph, and subsequently the patrol car hit was pushed into the other patrol car, Johnson said.

One of the patrol cars then caught fire and was engulfed in flames. The 34-year-old woman driving the car that struck the patrol car was placed into custody for investigation of DUI and later booked into jail.

"This is frightening because if it had just happened a little differently, the troopers standing outside the vehicle could've been struck," Johnson told KOMO Newsradio.

Johnson wants to remind drivers that if you see an emergency vehicle pulled over on the right shoulder, you are required to slow down or move over.

"Even if you simply put your blinker on that you're trying to get over but you can't, that tells us they see us, they know we are here, they are aware," Johnson said. "And that makes us a little more comfortable that we are seen and at least that vehicle will not be a danger to us."

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