Peralta v. State

389 P.3d 596 (2017)

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Peralta v. State

Washington Supreme Court
389 P.3d 596 (2017)

Facts

Deborah Peralta (plaintiff) was injured when she was hit by a Washington State Patrol car. Peralta sued the State of Washington (defendant) to recover for her injuries. In the state’s response to the complaint, it notified Peralta of its intent to use Washington’s intoxication-defense statute as an affirmative defense. During discovery, the state sent Peralta a request for admission asking her to admit or deny that she was intoxicated at the time of the accident. The request mirrored the language of the intoxication-defense statute. Peralta responded by admitting that she was intoxicated. At trial, the trial court granted the state’s motion to give Peralta’s admission conclusive effect. The jury then found that this intoxication was the proximate cause of Peralta’s injuries, and the trial court dismissed the complaint. Peralta appealed, arguing that although she may have been intoxicated, she was intoxicated to a lesser degree than the intoxication-defense statute required.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Wiggins, J.)

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