WSP: Kennewick driver says he’s late to work, drives wrong way, crashes twice

Blue van being towed away from Court Street off-ramp after Washington State Patrol troopers say the driver crashed and took off on foot. (Courtesy: WSP/Trooper Chris Thorson/Aug. 11, 2017)

A man faces multiple charges after Washington State Patrol troopers say he was driving the wrong way down I-82 from Benton City and then crashed twice, only to tell troopers he was running late to work.

Trooper Chris Thorson says 31-year-old Justin Robinson of Kennewick hit another car with his minivan Friday morning near Benton City. Troopers were told through 911 calls the mini van was in the median after that crash. But Thorson says when they arrived, the van was gone.

“Approximately 15 minutes later we got another 911 call of a blue minivan that crashed off the Court Street off-ramp in Pasco, and when troopers showed up the suspected had ran from the car and Pasco PD had caught him at Jack in the Box at 26th and Court,” says Thorson.

He says no one was hurt in either of the crashes. Troopers also say alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the incident.

Thorson says Robinson had three outstanding warrants, a revoked drivers license, and required an ignition interlock on his car. Troopers say he will now face additional charges after this incident.