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Valley Highway crash sends passenger to the hospital and driver to jail

DEMING, Wash. — About 10:30pm Saturday, June 12th, first responders were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle crash on Valley Highway (SR9) south of Strand Road.

According to a press memo from Washington State Patrol (WSP), a silver 2000 Toyota 4Runner had been northbound on SR9 when it drove off the right side of the road, spun and ended up backwards in a ditch.

According to the press memo, drugs and/or alcohol were involved and neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Personnel from Whatcom County Fire Districts 1 and 16 responded to the crash site and transported the passenger to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.

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The driver, identified as Raven Louis Antiste, age 30, was booked into Whatcom County Jail by WSP charged with suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment.

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