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Driver not yet charged in drunk driving crash

The drunk driver involved in a crash that sent seven to the hospital has lost his license.

A 56-year-old man who was involved in a drunk driving crash with a van full of juveniles on Halloween night has lost his driver’s license after refusing a breathalyser test following the collision.

King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott told The Beachcomber that the case has been assigned a detective for an investigation on felony vehicular assault charges stemming from the severe injuries one passenger of the van sustained in the crash. Medics at the scene on Vashon Highway and Cemetery Road next to the Minglement deemed one of the juvenile’s injuries serious enough that there was a risk to life.

Nine juveniles in total were riding in the van when the driver of a silver sedan rear-ended it, causing the vehicle to collide with a telephone pole. The airbags in the silver car deployed but the driver refused medical attention when deputies first arrived on the scene.

The driver of the silver sedan was intoxicated and arrested but released from the King County Sheriff’s Substation on Vashon on his own recognizance. He has not yet been charged pending the outcome of the investigation.

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