Kennewick juvenile crashed into pole, car and fire hydrant during alleged DUI
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Drinking and driving is a serious offense when someone of age commits the crime. It becomes a more dire situation when the person accused is below the legal age to consume alcohol. This weekend, one Kennewick juvenile faced the consequences after causing major damages while allegedly driving under the influence.
According to a Facebook post by the Kennewick Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of W Columbia Dr. shortly after their patrol shift began on Saturday. The initial report was of a single-vehicle accident in which a car crashed into a metal guard rail, a fire hydrant and a parked car. Authorities say that the car stopped short of colliding with a nearby building.
Officers began an investigation, which led them to believe that the juvenile driver was under the influence of alcohol while driving with a suspended license. Local authorities are withholding the name of the suspect due to their age.
The juvenile driver was brought to a nearby hospital for a medical evaluation, which determined that they did not sustain any injuries in the crash. Kennewick authorities obtained a search warrant that would allow them to obtain a blood sample to confirm the suspect’s blood alcohol level.
After the medical evaluation, Kennewick police transported the suspect to the Benton Franklin Juvenile Justice Center. The suspect was booked on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license (DWLS).
Minor DUI is a misdemeanor in Washington state that is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail. In Washington state, DWLS is considered a criminal offense.
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