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September 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Traffic is a mess on the region’s rainslicked roads, with multiple collisions reported Saturday on Interstates 5 and 405, as well as State Routes 520 and 99.
While not all of the incidents can be directly linked to the wet weather, the State Patrol is advising drivers to slow down and practice good defensive driving.
State Trooper Dominic Ledesma recommended that motorists create extra space between themselves and vehicles in front of and behind them, steer clear of reckless drivers and minimize distractions inside their vehicles.
He said speeding and following too close both increase the risk of collisions in rainy weather.
“The biggest thing we would want the public to know is that with the rain, give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going,” Ledesma said.
September 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM
Detectives are looking for suspects in the assault of a 37-year-old man in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhoood early Saturday morning.
The beating happened around 1:30 a.m. at First Avenue South and South Jackson Street when the man and his wife encountered two men having an argument, according to Seattle police.
Officers were told that the two suspects turned on the man after he said something to them. They punched him in the head multiple times, knocking him to the ground, then kicked him in the head before fleeing in a black, four-door sedan, witnesses said.
The man was unconscious and bleeding from the head when officers arrived on the scene. Medics took him to Harborview Medical Center. There was no word on his condition.
Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact Seattle police.
September 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM
A suspect in a domestic-violence dispute led Puyallup police on a wild chase that damaged three squad cars and snarled traffic Saturday morning.
The incident happened after p0lice were called to the 2800 block of Sixth Street Southeast around 9:15 a.m. in response to a call from a woman who said her 18-year-old daughter was assaulting her and under the influence of narcotics. The daughter drove away before officers arrived.
A short time later, she was spotted in the 3100 block of Fifth Street Southeast. Officers said they tried to stop her but that she continued driving in a apparent attempt to evade them, leading to a series of collisions.
Her car first struck a vehicle in the 400 block of 35th Avenue Southeast, police said. The driver of that car was unharmed. She then struck a Puyallup police cruiser head-on in the parking lot of a YMCA in the 400 block of 43rd Avenue Southeast, causing the cruiser’s airbags to deploy. The woman fled that scene as well, then collided with another police cruiser in the 4700 block of South Meridian Avenue. She continued on, police said, eventually striking a large sign in the 300 block of 43rd Avenue Southeast, causing minor injuries and disabling the vehicle.
Police took her into custody and expected to book her on two counts of second-degree assault as well as fourth-degree domestic violence.
A police officer was treated for minor injuries at the scene. A third cruiser also was damaged in the chase.
Traffic along 43rd Avenue Southeast was closed in both directions and backups were reported along Meridian Avenue, a major thoroughfare, during the investigation.
September 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Two separate traffic accidents at the Battery Street Tunnel blocked traffic Saturday morning on Aurora Avenue North, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The first incident, a collision, happened around 8:40 a.m. in the northbound lanes, blocking all traffic in that direction for half an hour.
Then at about 10:30 a.m., an accident in the tunnel’s southbound lanes briefly shut down traffic in that direction.
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