Over the weekend, an alleged drunk driver plowed his car into a crowd of people who were exiting Nectar Lounge in Fremont. More details are now surfacing in the case, including who the suspect is and how drunk he supposedly was.
According to a Statement of Probable cause filed in King County Superior Court, 23-year-old UW student Cary D. Griffin was driving east in a 2004 gold Subaru when he crashed into a crowd of people who were standing on outside the bar on North 36th Street.
When police arrived they say they found Griffin at the scene, where he admitted to driving the car and hitting the people. He also submitted to a breathalyzer test which showed him with a .189 blood-alcohol content--more than double the legal limit of .08.
Seattle police officer Chet Decker said he smelled a "very strong odor of alcoholic beverage" on Griffin and saidthat his eyes were bloodshot and his speech slurred.
Griffin's attorney has noted that the young man did stay at the scene and attempted to help the victims that he had run down.
Griffin is expected to be charged by tomorrow with vehicular assault. No doubt he realizes that had things gone slightly different he could be looking vehicular homicide charges.