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November 4, 2014 at 11:14 AM

11-year sentence for DUI driver in fatal Burien crash

A Tukwila man has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for driving impaired when he caused a chain-reaction crash that killed a Marysville woman last December, the prosecutor’s office said. Christopher Wittman, 25, pleaded guilty last month in King County Superior Court to vehicular homicide (DUI), vehicular assault (DUI) and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced on Friday,…


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August 1, 2014 at 7:48 AM

2 hospitalized after rollover crash on I-5 this morning

Two people were taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries this morning after a rollover crash on Interstate 5 in South Seattle. Washington State Patrol troopers were called to I-5 near Michigan Street around 3 a.m. on a report of the crash, said Trooper Karim Boukabou. When troopers arrived they found two people on the ground…


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July 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Renton man charged with homicide by watercraft in fatal boat collision

A Renton man was charged today with homicide by watercraft and assault by watercraft in connection with Wednesday’s Lake Washington boat collision that killed a Seattle schoolteacher. Richard Anthony Hicks, 46, a Renton real-estate agent and former University of Washington football player, remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for…


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July 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Suspected auto thief’s car breaks down in front of SPD headquarters

If there were a dumb criminals’ hall of fame, this guy might be a first-ballot inductee. All he did was drive drunk in a stolen car — the wrong way on a one-way street, we might add — and collide with a car and a Metro bus, according to police. He might have gotten away, except his wrecked car…


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June 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

N.Y. man guilty of running down Mukilteo woman

The Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — An upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after admitting he was driving drunk when he ran over a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III says Friday that 29-year-old Paul Nicholson II of Saratoga Springs will be sentenced to three to nine…


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May 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Police: Driver smelled of alcohol after Lake Sammamish crash

A 68-year-woman who drove her SUV through her family’s Lake Sammamish home on Friday evening, killing her partner and son-in-law, smelled of alcohol immediately after the crash, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The woman is being investigated for vehicular homicide, but prosecutors said charges are pending further investigation and the results of a toxicology test. She was…


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May 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Sunday Memo: 6 prior DUI arrests … The NFL for Keith Price? … Summer-like weather ahead

Good almost sunny Sunday. Here’s some news: Seriously? A guy who was busted for leading police on a high-speed chase while he was driving his Ferrari while drunk last year in Thurston County was sentenced to a year of work release Friday so he could continue running his business. OK, we don’t know all…


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April 25, 2014 at 4:37 PM

6 1/2-year sentence for fatal Federal Way crash

A Federal Way man who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for driving drunk and causing a December crash that killed a passenger in his car was sentenced today to 6 1/2 years in prison. Jeffrey Waterfall, 56, drove a 2003 Ford Mustang into a telephone pole in the 29000 block of Redondo Way South on Dec. 23 in…


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April 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Trooper injured in I-5 crash in Seattle

The Associated Press The Washington State Patrol says a 28-year-old man was booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving after a crash that damaged two patrol cars and injured a trooper on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Trooper Cliff Pratt says the two state patrol cars were stopped with emergency lights at the scene…


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April 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Bellevue cop fired for mishandling colleague’s alleged DUI

A Bellevue police officer who did not cite a colleague for drunken driving, conduct field sobriety tests or make an effort to obtain the officer’s blood-alcohol level before letting him leave with his wife, has been fired. Officer Doug Brennan, who has been on administrative leave since February, was  fired Wednesday. Chief Linda Pillo found that Brennan…


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