msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 9/15/2010 11:22:05 AM ET 2010-09-15T15:22:05

A tow truck driver has been arrested after police say he crashed two cars while intoxicated — then got in his truck and tried to move the vehicles.

Tommy Ryser, 54, was booked in jail on three counts of driving under the influence Monday, the Bellingham Herald reported.

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Ryser crashed his pickup truck and trailer into a utility pole Monday night, abandoned that vehicle and got in his wife's Volkswagen but crashed that car into a guardrail, the Whatcom County Sheriff's office said.

Sgt. Larry Flynn said Ryser then got his privately owned tow truck and, even with a bloodied forehead, pulled up to the scene of one of the crashes while police were investigating.

He apparently had planned to tow his other two vehicles to his home. Instead, his bloodied forehead drew the interest of police. That and comments made by Ryser indicated he was driving both cars before they crashed, Flynn said.

Seattle's KING 5 News reported that police said he reeked of alcohol and failed all of the field sobriety tests.

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