Woman suspected of DUI after I-205 crash

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Updated: June 6, 2012, 8:04 PM

 

A Wilsonville, Ore., woman was cited on suspicion of DUI and assault after allegedly causing a crash on Interstate 205 and hitting a firefighter on the scene late Tuesday, the Washington State Patrol said.

The crash happened around 10:40 p.m. on I-205 north near Mill Plain Boulevard.

Carly R. Weddle, 38, attempted to pass another car on the right, according to a WSP news release. Weddle’s 2010 Honda Crosstour hit the rear of the other car, driven by Navin G. Lal, 22, of Portland, causing it to veer left. Lal’s 1995 Dodge Caravan hit a guardrail, veered to the right and hit a jersey barrier. Weddle’s car spun and came to a rest in the left two lanes.

Capt. Dave James said Vancouver firefighters extricated one person from a car and took the person to a hospital. Injuries were considered serious.

Weddle was “combative” when state patrol arrived and allegedly hit a firefighter, Trooper Ryan Tanner said. Troopers tased and subdued her, Tanner said.

Both drivers were sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Weddle reported possible chest pain. Lal reported back pain. They were both treated and released, hospital spokeswoman Michelle Halfhill said Wednesday morning.

The crash was caused by an unsafe lane change and “exceeding reasonable safe speed,” state patrol said.

Weddle was cited on suspicion of DUI, obstruction and two counts of third-degree assault.

All lanes were blocked for less than five minutes before troopers opened one lane to traffic, Tanner said. All lanes reopened before 11:20 p.m.

Five sections of guardrail and eight posts were damaged in the crash.

“That’s a pretty big section,” Tanner said.

Five sections of guardrail and eight posts were damaged in the crash.

“That’s a pretty big section,” Tanner said.