Troopers: Deming driver doing donuts arrested after rollover

An SUV driver doing donuts in a field near Deming was arrested after the vehicle rolled and injured a passenger on Monday, Sept. 7, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Richard Carey, 46, of Deming was driving a 1972 Chevrolet Suburban in circles in a privately owned field near Highway 9 at Nelson Road when the Suburban rolled over multiple times and came to rest on its side around 3:40 p.m., the state patrol said.

A passenger, Suzan E. Ray, 50, was injured in the crash and sent to St. Joseph hospital. Ray, of Sedro-Woolley, was in satisfactory condition Tuesday, said hospital spokeswoman Amy Cloud.

Troopers at the scene believed Carey appeared drunk after the crash. He was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault.

A blood test will reveal his blood alcohol content at the time of the crash, said WSP spokesman Mark Francis.

Carey was injured in the rollover but not seriously, Francis said. It is unclear if either Carey or Ray were wearing seat belts at the time.

The Suburban was impounded, according to the WSP.

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