Suspected drunk driver crashes at WSP office in Burlington



BURLINGTON — The Washington State Patrol suspects a speeding driver was drunk when his car missed a turn on Chuckanut Drive and crashed onto the property of the state patrol detachment in Burlington.

Trooper Mark Francis says the car hit a stop sign and gate about 1 a.m. Wednesday and came to a stop on the lawn of the patrol’s office building.

Francis says the driver used an emergency phone outside the office to call for help. There apparently wasn’t anyone inside at the time.

The driver, a 49-year-old Burlington man, was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital with a possible broken rib. His passenger, a 53-year-old Burlington woman with the same last name, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with internal or spinal injuries.