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Suspected drunk driver flees scene of Interstate 82 crash near Benton City, WSP says

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A suspected drunk driver behind the wheel of a luxury car landed in jail after he fled from the scene of a crash on Interstate 82 Friday, the Washington State Patrol said.

Mark Trumbull, 47, of Kennewick, was speeding west on the interstate at 6:45 p.m. in an Infiniti Q60 when he hit a Honda Civic about four miles west of Benton City, WSP said. The crash wrecked the Civic and injured its 48-year-old driver, James C. Lee, but Trumbull continued down the road.

Troopers found both the Infiniti and Trumbull about a mile away from the crash, where he was arrested for driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

Lee was treated and released from Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Trumbull was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.
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