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Impaired driving suspected in two weekend crashes

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Impaired driving suspected in two weekend crashes

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. – Impaired driving is suspected to be the cause of two crashes in Skagit County over the weekend.

According to the Washington State Patrol, 62-year-old George Ovenell of Stanwood was riding his bike without a helmet southbound on Pioneer Highway Saturday night when he drifted into the path of a truck going in the same direction.

He was injured and taken by ambulance to Skagit Valley Hospital.

WSP troopers say 18-year-old Daniel Loaiza of Mount Vernon was driving southbound on Interstate-5 Sunday morning when he drifted off the right side of the freeway, over-corrected and rolled his car.

The vehicle landed upside down in the left lane.

Loaiza and a passenger were injured.

Troopers say drugs or alcohol were to blame for both crashes.

Charges are pending.