One Injured in DUI-Related Crash East of Onalaska

By The Chronicle

An Onalaska man is facing DUI and reckless endangerment charges after allegedly causing a crash that injured another driver Sunday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Onalaska driver Gerald L. King, 54, was booked into the Lewis County Jail Sunday night on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and reckless endangerment.

According to a report from the State Patrol, at 7:54 p.m. on Sunday, troopers were dispatched to a report of a crash on state Route 508 at milepost 16, about 7 miles east of Onalaska.

King’s vehicle, a 1995 Ford Thunderbird, was heading west on state Route 508 when he turned left onto Johnson Road in front of a second vehicle, a green 1971 American General dump truck driven by a Morton man identified by the State Patrol as David D. Auman, 46.

The dump truck hit King’s vehicle, then lost control, left the road to the right and struck a power pole.

Auman was injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

In addition to being booked for DUI, driving with a suspended license and reckless endangerment, King was cited on suspicion of failure to yield and driving without insurance, according to the State Patrol.

King was not injured. Both vehicles were reportedly totaled.