A 23-year-old Kennewick man admitted Thursday that he had been drinking when he crashed his mother's car into the back of a minivan last month.
A young boy suffered a broken eye socket in the wreck, prosecutors said.
Christopher David Lundy pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court on Thursday to vehicular assault while driving under the influence. He will be sentenced April 26.
Lundy was arrested after the Feb. 19 crash into a Richland family of six on Highway 240 at Duportail Street.
He reportedly was speeding in a Hyundai Sonata when he hit the back of a Honda Odyssey and forced it off the road, court documents said. The minivan rolled, and the driver, Lateef A. al-Salehi, 46, and passenger Yusraa Aziz, 42, were treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Four children, ages 7 to 11, also were taken to the hospital. Their names were not released.
Lundy had watery bloodshot eyes, an "odor of intoxicants" and slurry speech when contacted by troopers, documents said.
His blood-alcohol level was 0.267 percent, more than three times the legal limit, and an empty beer bottle was found on the floor of his car, documents said.
Lundy, who has been out of custody after posting $25,000 bail, remains out on jail on his own recognizance until he is sentenced.
Man faces trial after child porn is found
A 45-year-old Kennewick man faces a June 4 trial after child pornography allegedly was found on his computer.
Dale Randall McDowell pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to second-degree possession of depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Court documents claim McDowell took his computer to "IT Sellz," a computer service business, on Sept. 29 to have some viruses removed.
Employees determined the computer was too corrupted to repair, and McDowell asked them to back up his files. That's when employees found images of child pornography, documents said.
A forensic exam of the computer determined that there had been just one user and the pornographic images were hidden in inconspicuous files, documents said.
McDowell reportedly told police he knew the porn was on the computer, but claimed someone else put it on there, documents said.
The computer is password protected, documents said.
Benton City man pleads innocent to burglary
A Benton City man pleaded innocent Thursday to allegations that he broke into a home on DeMoss Road in Benton City.
Israel C. Diaz, 23, faces a June 11 trial in Benton County Superior Court for residential burglary and intimidating a witness.
Diaz was arrested March 14 by Benton County sheriff's deputies after they searched two Benton City homes for property stolen Feb. 29 from a DeMoss Road house.
He apparently had been at the home before and returned when the homeowners were gone, went in through the back door and stole numerous items, documents said.
The victim suspected Diaz was responsible and told deputies he had moved into a house a mile away, documents said.