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DUI crash injures two near Newport

Fri., July 5, 2013, 8:02 a.m.

Two people were injured in a DUI crash in Pend Oreille County Thursday night, the Washington State Patrol said.

A release from patrol said Gilbert Smolik, 25, of Texas, was southbound on Viet Road about 12 miles west of Newport just after 8 p.m. when the 1990 Dodge Dakota pickup failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway, striking a tree.

Smolik and his passenger, Robert Meyers, 37, of Newport, were both injured and taken to local hospitals.

Neither was wearing a seatbelt, according to patrol.

Smolik will face charges for vehicular assault, the release said, as drugs or alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash.

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