A Hoquiam woman was arrested for driving under the influence of prescription medication after she crashed a truck into a parked car and a tree, officials said Friday.
On Thursday at approximately 1 p.m., a 66-year-old Hoquiam woman was driving a Nissan pick-up truck at the 3100 block of Sumner Avenue when, witnesses said, she began speeding and swerving from lane to lane. The truck then side-swiped an unoccupied parked car before careening off the street into a tree head-on, police said. The driver was accelerating the entire time, according to witnesses who saw the accident, who also told police that the truck narrowly missed several parked vehicles along the way.
The woman was treated at the scene by Hoquiam paramedics for what appeared to be minor injuries from the collision. She consented to a blood test and was released pending further investigation before being transported by Hoquiam ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Both the truck and parked vehicle had to be towed from the scene.
“Motorists should be reminded the use of prescription medication is no defense to driving under the influence if the medication causes impairment or intoxication while driving,” said Jeff Myers, chief of the Hoquiam Police Department.