A motorcyclist was believed to be drunk when he drove straight into an elk in the road late Tuesday.
Troopers said a 51-year-old Orting man was traveling east on state Route 162 about five miles from Orting when he struck an elk about 10:10 p.m.
He and his passenger, a 27-year-old Lake Tapps woman, were taken to Tacoma General Hospital with serious injuries.
The Honda GL 150012 was totaled.
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No word on whether the elk made it.
The road was closed for 3 ½ hours while troopers investigated the crash.
The driver was expected to be booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault and DUI.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653