A veteran King County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Mill Creek this morning after he crashed his patrol car into the rear of another vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Police who responded to the accident just before 7 a.m. near 132nd Street Southeast and Bothell-Everett Highway said the deputy showed signs of impairment, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
A drug-recognition expert with the Washington State Patrol was called to the scene after alcohol was ruled not a likely factor in the crash, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The expert obtained a search warrant and had blood drawn from the deputy.
The 47-year-old deputy is a 19-year veteran currently assigned to the city of Shoreline. He has been placed on administrative leave.
The other driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Mill Creek police will conduct the criminal investigation. The Sheriff’s Office will conduct a separate internal investigation.
“We will wait for the blood results to determine the cause of the impairment and then complete the internal investigation,” Sheriff John Urquhart said in a statement.