The 27-year-old man who struck and severely injured a Renton woman on Lake Washington Boulevard last weekend was charged with vehicular assault in King County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Garrett Bakken, also of Renton, admitted to drinking “two beers and one mixed drink in a four hour period on 07/06/12” between 8 p.m. and midnight, and told officers that he’d been awake for more than 24 hours after he was taken into custody.
Officers’ description of Bakken at the scene don’t jibe with the driver’s story.
“Bakken had a white substance built up in the corners of his mouth, he appeared to have cotton mouth, his speech was slurred, his eyes were red, blood shot, watery, droop, and both Officer Tierney and Officer DeSmet could smell an odor of intoxicants on his breath,” according to the charging document.
on a Portable Breath Test given at 10:40 a.m., nearly two hours after the accident.
According to a statement from Hall’s son, Alex Stratton, his mother is expected to remain in the ICU for a week after the accident and require at least two months of rehabilitation.
Her injuries include two broken legs, two broken arms, two fractured wrists, cracked ribs and major bleeding from an artery near the spinal cord. As of July 8, Hall was on a breathing tube.
Bakken remains at the King County Jail on $50,000 bail and will be arraigned July 26 at 9 a.m. at the Maleng Justice Center, according to the charging documents.
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