Driver, after rolling car on I-5, arrested for impaired driving

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A 20-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly driving while impaired by drugs Friday after she lost control of a 2000 Ford Escort and crashed on Interstate 5 southbound between Northeast 179th and 134th streets, south of the Clark County Fairgrounds, police said.

Alicia G. Birtchet of Tigard, Ore, suffered a hip injury and bruises in the 3:30 p.m., one-vehicle crash, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers said the Ford left the roadway toward the right, rolled several times and hit an electrical box, then stopped, upright, against a concrete barrier.

AMR Northwest ambulance paramedics took her to Southwest Washington Medical Center. She was treated and released Friday evening, a nursing supervisor said.

A trooper arrested Birtchet on suspicion of DUI-drugs, the bulletin said. However, Birtchet was never charged.

Specially trained police officers can arrest drivers who are impaired by a wide variety of illegal and legal drugs, sold on the streets, by prescription or over the counter, that make folks drowsy or cause other problems that impair their driving.

A first DUI arrest can cost several thousand dollars in legal fees, fines and other costs.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.