Island man arrested after he crashes car in closed work zone

Azamat B. Kurmangali appeared telephonically in Island County Superior Court June 21.

A Langley man is accused of driving after drinking rum and Irish whiskey on June 19, entering a blocked-off construction zone on a South Whidbey road and crashing into an excavator, causing a passenger to suffer a compound leg fracture, according to court documents.

Azamat B. Kurmangali appeared telephonically in Island County Superior Court June 21.

Judge Carolyn Cliff found probable cause existed to believe he committed the crimes of vehicular assault and DUI.

Cliff set Kurmangali’s bail at $2,500.

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol investigated the one-car accident, which occurred early in the morning on East Harbor Road.

The trooper wrote that Kurmangali drove a Toyota sedan into a construction zone clearly marked with signs and blocked with barriers and collided with an excavator that was parked well off the roadway.

The passenger in the back seat, Joshua Jesson of Freeland, suffered a leg fracture with a bone protruding from the skin that caused heavy blood loss, the trooper’s report states.

Deputy Tavier Wasser with the Island County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene of the crash, extracted Jesson from the car and applied a tourniquet.

Doctors later ascertained that Jesson suffered a broken tibia and fibula and had a spot on his lung caused by the crash, the report states.

The report indicates that neither Kurmangali nor another passenger were injured.

Officers found an empty bottle of Proper Twelve Irish whiskey on the ground next to the car.

Kurmangali, who was stumbling around the scene, had slurred speech and watery eyes; he admitted to drinking rum and whiskey earlier, the report states.

Both the Toyota and the excavator were significantly damaged in the crash.

The report identified Kurmangali as a Langley resident but stated he had a Texas driver’s license.

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