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March 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Bail set at $2.5 million for driver suspected of killing 2 pedestrians

Bail was set at $2.5 million for the man accused of driving his pickup into a group of pedestrians Monday, killing a couple from Indiana and severely injuring their daughter-in-law and her 10-day-old baby.

A judge found probable cause to hold Mark W. Mullan, 50, on suspicion of two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. Mullan waived his appearance at the hearing at the King County Jail. Seattle District Court Judge Mark Chow said Mullan’s blood-alcohol level was .22 after the crash, nearly three times the legal limit of .08.

A review of Seattle municipal-court and Snohomish County records indicates Mullan has a long history of traffic violations dating back to a citation for inattentive driving in 1991, a red-light violation in 1997 and speeding citations in 2001, 2003 and 2010. Mullan was arrested in December in Seattle for DUI and again on Jan. 14 in Snohomish County.

Brad Benfield, who oversees vehicle licensing at the state Department of Licensing, said Mullan was driving with a suspended driver’s license at the time of Monday’s accident. He also did not have an ignition interlock device installed on his Chevrolet pickup, which he was ordered to have following an earlier DUI.

Killed Monday were Judy and Dennis Schulte, the in-laws of Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, 33, who, along with her 10-day-old son, was injured in the accident. Both were listed in critical condition Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center.

The Schultes had recently bought a home in Seattle to live part-time to be close to their son, daughter-in-law and grandchild.

“They’d been waiting for that grandbaby for years,” said Judy Schulte’s sister, Susan Morton, of Cottonwood, Minn. “They were just magnificent people. It’s a terrible loss.”

According to Susan Morton’s husband, Steve Morton, the Schultes had purchased a home a few blocks from their son’s house about a month ago. They planned to spend six months of the year with their son, his wife and their first grandchild and the other half with their daughter in Indianapolis.

Steve Morton said that the younger couple, Daniel and Karina Ulriksen-Schulte,  had been married for a few years. Karina, who is from Chile, is a pediatric nurse at Seattle Children’s hospital, and Daniel works as a program coordinator for a public relations business.

Funds for the victims have been set up at Homestreet Bank’s Wedgwood branch:

Karina & Elias Ulriksen-Schulte Medical Fund, account no.: 5322733430; routing no.: 325084426.

Dennis & Judy Schulte Memorial Fund, account no.: 5388871396; routing no.: 325084426.

Mullan was arrested in October 2012 by the State Patrol, driving the same black Chevrolet pickup, speeding on the Alderwood Mall Parkway. His blood-alcohol level was measured at .14 percent.

On Christmas Day, he was arrested by Seattle police after he twice ran into The Seals Motel on Aurora Avenue North, where he was staying.

Police wrote that he  was so intoxicated that he could not get out of his truck without the help of two officers.

Mullan also gave officers the name of his twin brother, something that court records indicate he has done before.

He was taken to the North Precinct, where his blood-alcohol level was measured at .32 percent, more than four times the legal limit. He was so drunk that police called paramedics and he was sent by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center.

Assistant City Attorney Rachel Cormier Anderson said he pleaded guilty on Jan. 7 and was sentenced by the judge to 13 days in jail and pay $2,025 in fines and restitution. The judge gave Mullan credit for the time he’d already spent in jail, and he was released from the downtown jail on Jan. 9.

By then, however, he had missed a Jan. 7 hearing for his pending DUI in Snohomish County, and the judge there issued a $10,000 bench warrant for his arrest. The records indicate that Mullan turned himself in at the court counter on Jan. 9 — just hours after his release from jail in Seattle — and the warrant was rescinded.

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