A 28-year-old man was injured Tuesday night after crashing his Ford Mustang convertible into a tree in Spanaway, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The accident occurred about 9:20 p.m. on state Route 7 near 238th Street.
Troopers said they believe the driver was traveling southbound faster than the 55 mph speed limit when he approached some cars.
“He downshifted and lost control of his vehicle and went off the roadway,” Trooper Shaneka Phillips said.
His 32-year-old passenger was thrown from the car, but was uninjured, she said.
Neither man was wearing a seat belt.
The driver was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with minor injuries, where he remained Wednesday afternoon.
He was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of driving under the influence, Phillips said.
That section of SR 7 was closed for more than three hours during the investigation.
Staff writer Kenny Ocker contributed to this report.
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