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Suspected DUI driver arrested after 3-car wreck sends 2 to the hospital


A 23-year-old Tacoma man suspected of driving under the influence was arrested Sunday after a 3-car accident that left two people hospitalized and closed a state Route 16 ramp for more than three hours, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The man was driving a 1997 Toyota Celica on west on state Route 16 shortly after 1 a.m. when it hit a 2010 Ford Fusion from behind at the Union Avenue exit, according to the State Patrol. The Fusion was pushed into a 2016 Jeep Cherokee, troopers said The Fusion and Cherokee were stopped and each carrying a driver and one passenger.

Passengers in the Celica and the Fusion were taken to MultiCare Allenmore Hospital with injuries. The others involved were not hurt according to the State Patrol.

All involved were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the Celica faces charges of driving under the influence and vehicular assault, according to a tweet by State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova.

The ramp was blocked for three hours, 14 minutes.

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