Irony alert: Deputy driving home from DUI training struck by drunk driver

Photo: Pierce County Sheriff's Office

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy who was on his way home from a DUI training course was struck by a suspected drunk driver Monday night.

The deputy had just finished a DUI phlebotomy class and was waiting to turn left from Canyon Road onto 160th Street East when he was rear-ended by a car that was going about 35 mph, according to the sheriff's department.

The 72-year-old driver of the other car appeared dazed and confused and struggled to keep his balance when he got out of the car, deputies said. The man was ordered back into his car until medics could arrive.

The man was eventually given field sobriety tests, which he failed, during which he admitted to deputies he had "a few beers earlier" but didn't say how long ago, deputies said.

He was eventually taken to a police station where he was given a breathalyzer test that showed blood alcohol content readings of .190 and .164 -- over twice the legal limit.

The driver was cited for DUI and taken home in a taxi while his car was impounded.

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