Pickup crashed on Hanford, worker accused of DUI

September 18, 2013 

— A Hanford worker was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after allegedly rolling a government pickup on the secure portion of the Hanford nuclear reservation.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office was called to the area of Route Four South and Route 11 at 11:35 a.m. Sept. 7, said Lt. Chuck Jones of the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office was told the Hanford Patrol and medics already were at the scene of a one-vehicle crash, he said.

A sheriff’s detective smelled alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test on the driver of the pickup, Mitchell Senter, 43, which Senter failed, Jones said.

Senter also had a suspended driver’s license and was required to have an ignition interlock to detect alcohol on any vehicle he drove, Jones said.

Senter refused a breathalyzer test, but blood was drawn and he was booked into the Benton County jail, Jones said. He no longer was listed as an inmate two days later.

Washington River Protection Solutions, the Department of Energy tank farm contractor at Hanford, said Senter was employed as a health physics technician from Oct. 5, 2009, until Tuesday.

Washington River Protection Solutions and the Department of Energy declined to say more about the incident.

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