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Watch: Suspected drunken driver crashes into gas pump in Federal Way

Photo from surveillance video

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A driver is lucky to be alive after crashing through a fence and slamming into a car and a gas pump early Monday in Federal Way.

The incident unfolded at about 1:50 a.m. as the driver was heading east on South 272nd Street at high speed, said Cathy Schrock of the Federal Way police.

The 32-year-old driver lost control at Pacific Highway South, crashed through a fence and into the parking lot of an AM-PM station, where his vehicle rolled over and slammed into another car and a gas pump.

Incredibly, the pump did not catch fire.

Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene, where they found the driver trapped inside his vehicle. He was safely extricated - but showed signs of intoxication. He will be booked for investigation of DUI after receiving treatment for minor injuries at St. Francis Hospital.

The occupants of the other car that was hit were inside paying at the time - so they weren't hurt.

The owners of the gas station tell KOMO News this is the third time that someone has crashed into a gas pump there - and say they've already expressed their concerns about this particular intersection to the city.

The intersection sits amidst the cities of Federal Way, Des Moines, and the Kent.

The City of Kent has jurisdiction of the intersection, but also must have any changes approved by the state given its connection with SR-99.

According to a City of Kent spokesman, while each accident has been registered, there are no current changes planned in response to the accidents.


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