Burien DUI Driver Strikes, Injures Washington State Trooper

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Just before 5am Thursday morning (Dec. 30th), a Washington State Trooper received minor injuries when a Burien-based DUI driver lost control of his truck into a collision scene on northbound I-405 just north of I-5.

According to police, the trooper was standing about 15 feet off of the roadway checking for injuries next to collision-damaged vehicles when he observed rotating headlights moving toward him. As a red Ford Pickup truck careened off the road it struck the trooper and two vehicles that had already been involved in a collision. The trooper was treated for minor injuries.

The pickup driver, 46 year old Stephen Merrill of Burien, was arrested and booked into King County jail under investigation of DUI/drugs. No other injuries were reported from this collision.

Drivers are urged to reduce speed whenever there is a possibility of icy roadways. Sudden braking, acceleration and turning that may cause vehicles to lose traction can often be avoided by reducing speed.

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