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520 Wrong-Way Driver Strikes Washington State Patrol Trooper

A wrong-way driver on State Route 520 struck a Washington State Patrol trooper just before midnight Monday night, the Washington State Patrol said. Witnesses said the driver got on the freeway at 84th Avenue in Medina.

A wrong way driver drove the length of the State Route 520 Bridge and struck a Washington State Patrol car on the Seattle end of the bridge just before midnight Monday night, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The driver, a 26-year-old Seattle man, drove a 1998 Plymouth Neon westbound in the eastbound lanes after getting on the freeway at a 520 construction site at 84th Avenue in Medina, said Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Julie Judson.

A worker on the Washington State Department of Transportation project at the site reported the wrong-way driver, Judson said, as did several other drivers on State Route 520.

The man drove the length of State Route 520 to the Montlake portion of the highway, causing several drivers to make evasive maneuvers and causing at least one other collision, Judson said.

Trooper Andrew Boyer, 27, was on his way to the scene in a 2007 Washington State Patrol Crown Victoria when a taxi driver in front of him got out of the man's way, Judson said. Boyer attempted to get out of the way, but the man struck the patrol car, she said.

The man drove another 20 feet and the car stopped facing northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, Judson said.

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center for injuries, though the extent of the injuries was not immediately available, Judson said. He faces charges of driving under the influence and hit and run, she said.

The trooper was not injured, she said.

Patch does not name suspects until they are charged.

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