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DUI driver denies being involved after being found next to wrecked vehicle

Hoquiam, WA – A Hoquiam man was arrested for DUI after driving into a power pole.

The Hoquiam Police and Fire Departments were called to the scene of an accident just before 1 am on Sunday morning after a car went off the road and struck a power pole near the Hoquiam Farmers Market.

HPD tells KXRO that when they arrived, they found it appears the car did not turn when Sumner Avenue and turned to Riverside Avenue, striking the curb and several signs for the Hoquiam Farmers Market and Jay’s Farm Stand before hitting the pole, causing extensive damage to the vehicle..

Officers say that a man was standing next to the driver’s door, but denied being involved in the crash. He told officers that he had been walking by when he came across it, although evidence at the scene implicated the man as the driver and that he was under the influence of alcohol.

The man reportedly denied having any identification with him and gave officers the name of someone that had a  suspended driver’s license and outstanding warrants.

When the man was arrested, they found his ID and the keys to the vehicle in his pocket, proving that he had provided a false name and that he was the registered owner of the car.

The man admitted to giving officers his cousin’s name.

The 32 year old Hoquiam man was booked into the Hoquiam City Jail on charges of DUI and Making a False or Misleading Statement to a Public Official.


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