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Accident investigated as vehicular assault

One person was injured in a Sunday night accident in Pend Oreille County that is being investigated as vehicular assault.

James D. Clayton, 35, of Bremerton, was headed south on Sullivan Creek Road around 9:45 p.m. when he crossed into the northbound lane, overcorrected and rolled his 1997 Ford Explorer, the Washington State Patrol reported. The accident occurred about 13 miles south of Metaline.

Though Clayton denied aid for minor injuries, his passenger, Janelle L. Haux, 50, of Spokane, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Neither of them was wearing a seat belt, the WSP said.

Pend Oreille County took Clayton into custody for a DUI and warrants, the WSP said.

Investigators suspect that drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash and charges are pending.

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