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Redmond resident injured in suspected DUI crash in Bellevue Thursday morning
A driver from Redmond suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision on Thursday morning in the 3100 block of 148th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue.
Bellevue Police Department (BPD) investigators believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, according to officer Carla Iafrate, BPD public information officer. Both drivers were arrested for vehicular assault and transported to King County Jail.
The accident occurred at 2:10 a.m. and Bellevue police and firefighter paramedics arrived within five minutes.
Iafrate said in a press release that a 29-year-old Bellevue resident was driving an Acura SUV southbound when it crashed into a Ford Taurus — driven by the 57-year-old Redmond resident — which was turning left into an apartment complex. The Acura T-boned the Taurus on the passenger side door.
The high-speed impact resulted in all involved being transported to Overlake Medical Center. Investigators estimated that the Acura's driver was going well over the posted speed limit of 40 mph.
The 55-year-old male passenger of the Taurus is from Bellevue and suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. The Acura driver was evaluated for injuries.
The southbound lanes were closed for approximately four hours while accident investigators were on scene. The lanes re-opened at approximately 6:10 a.m.