I'm not going to lie; yes I am drunk: Renton man charged with vehicular assault
By DEAN RADFORD
Renton Reporter Editor
September 14, 2012 · 11:28 AM
The blood-alcohol level of a Renton man charged in a high-speed rollover accident last week was more than three times the legal limit at about 10 a.m., according to King County prosecutors.
Joseph Lee Meun, 21, was charged Wednesday in King County Superior Court with two counts of vehicular assault. He posted $5,000 bail on Sept. 8, the day after the accident on South 180th Street near Oakesdale Avenue.
According to charging documents, Meun told Renton officers at the scene: "I'm not going to lie; yes I am drunk, no bullXXX. I haven't been no crash."
Meun and his two passengers were trapped inside the Pontiac Grand Am after it veered off South 180th Street, hit a tree and turned over in a parking lot. Renton fire crews extricated the three from the car.
The back-seat passenger was treated for a broken neck at Valley Medical Center. Surgeons at Harborview Medical Center removed glass embedded in the forearm and forehead of the front-seat passenger.
Meun was taken to Valley Medical Center about a mile away, where his blood was drawn for the blood-alcohol test. The result read .298; the legal limit is .08.
Meun was arrested at the scene for investigation of vehicular assault.
Arriving officers found a half-empty bottle of Jamison whiskey on the ground next to the Grand Am.
He agreed to answer an officer's questions, according to the charging documents. He told the officer:
"I drank a lot. I am the driver, I can't remember where I was – somewhere in Seattle. I was drinking in Seattle."
After medically cleared at Valley Medical Center, Meun was taken to the SCORE jail in Des Moines.
According to prosecutors Meun has a juvenile record, including convictions for vehicle prowl and taking a motor vehicle without permission.Contact Renton Reporter Editor Dean Radford at email@example.com or 1-425-255-3484 (ext 5050).