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Man dies in accident involving an alleged drunk driver on I-5

According to the Washington State Patrol, two people were charged with DUI on Oct. 21 for causing a pair of accidents on the I-5 that claimed the life of a 46-year-old Yelm man. One of the charged men, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, may also be charged with vehicular homicide.

A witness to the accident said that there was an initial minor crash involving the Yelm man's car and another driver. When those two men involved in the first accident got out of their vehicles, the 22-year-old Army specialist allegedly drove into the accident scene, severely injuring the Yelm man. One witness, who reportedly has experience as a first responder, stayed with the Yelm man until help arrived. The man died of his injuries after reaching the hospital.

Troopers report that just after the accident involving the Yelm man and the soldier, another accident happened a few yards away. Troopers arrested one of the drivers involved in that accident for drunk driving. Police said that they are also searching for another vehicle that left the accident scene.

People who are charged with drunk driving may face serious penalties. The penalties are much worse if someone is injured or killed in the accident. Someone facing DUI charges might want to retain a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer may be able to challenge the blood or breath analysis. In addition, the attorney could file motions in an effort to prevent some evidence from being introduced at trial. An attorney may be able to negotiate a plea to reduced charges or less time in jail or prison.

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