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Caller reports another driver drinking beer near Gorst

Troopers were alerted to at least two more suspected drunk drivers last weekend thanks to tips called in by witnesses on their cell phones, the Washington State Patrol reported.

According to WSP Sgt. Ron Mead, both suspect vehicles were stopped near Gorst in South Kitsap.

Mead reported that the first arrest was made just after 5 p.m. Sept. 5 when a 911-caller reported that a driver headed south on State-Route 3 between Bremerton and Gorst was drinking a beer and driving erratically.

Troopers responded and overtook the car on West Belfair Valley Road and stopped it one mile south of Gorst. The driver, a 55-year-old woman from Puyallup, was arrested for DUI and booked into Kitsap County Jail.

The second arrest was made just before midnight after the WSP received reports that a car headed southbound on SR-3 between Silverdale and Gorst was making erratic lane changes, following too closely and driving at erratic speeds.

The suspect vehicle was stopped along SR-16 at Anderson Hill Road, just east of Gorst. The driver, a 24-year-old Port Orchard resident, was arrested for DUI and booked into Kitsap County Jail.

Similar arrests were made the previous weekend, as the WSP reported it was alerted to two more suspected drunk drivers by witnesses calling 911.

The WSP encourages motorists who observe erratic or unsafe driving to report it by dialing 911 on their cell phones and providing a detailed vehicle description, along with its location and direction of travel. According to the WSP, state law allows drivers to use their cell phones in the event of an emergency, and “reporting an impaired driver is an emergency.”

So far in 2009, the WSP has received 230 reports of erratic driving in Kitsap County alone, 103 of which were contacted by WSP troopers and 50 of those resulted in DUI arrests. An additional 23 were cited for infractions.

Among the most common indicators of an impaired driver are: vehicles weaving as they drive down the road, vehicles crossing onto the shoulder or into the next lane, vehicles speeding up and slowing down for no apparent reason, and vehicles making abrupt lane changes without using turn signals.

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