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December 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM
A Bellevue police officer who was disciplined for his drunken off-duty behavior at Seattle Seahawks game in September 2012 has been charged with misdemeanor drunk driving in an incident in which a fellow Bellevue officer stopped him for erratic driving and then allowed him to go home with a relative.
The officer who was pulled over has been identified as Andrew Hanke.
Bellevue police say on Nov. 20, an unidentified off-duty Bellevue police officer was driving home in his patrol car when he stopped a car on Interstate 90 near Issaquah to investigate the driver for possible DUI. The driver of the vehicle that was pulled over was Hanke, according to Bellevue city Prosecutor Lynn Moberly, who filed the DUI charge Thursday in King County District Court in Issaquah.
The off-duty officer did not arrest Hanke and instead allowed him to be driven home by a relative, police said.
The investigating officer notified a supervisor of the incident.
The following morning, Bellevue police Chief Linda Pillo was notified of the incident and Hanke was immediately placed on administrative leave, said Bellevue police public information Officer Seth Tyler. The department has also opened an internal investigation into the officer who stopped Hanke but did not arrest him.
“While officers are allowed some discretion during a traffic stop, the officer’s decision in this case not to make an arrest is undergoing a thorough and objective internal investigation. That investigation will determine whether the on-duty officer used poor judgment and/or failed to perform their duties,” police said in a news release. (more…)
November 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM
A Kirkland woman who was under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car occupied by four people, killing an elderly woman, was sentenced this afternoon to nearly 11 years in prison.
Kelly Ann Hudson, 43, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in September. In her plea deal, she admitted she had been drinking and had taken medication before the Aug. 7, 2012, crash that killed Joyce Parsons, 81.
“I don’t even know how to say I’m sorry enough,” a tearful Hudson said in King County Superior Court before she was sentenced to 130 months in prison.
Kirkland police say Hudson was driving south in the 12000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast when she crossed the center line just before 9 p.m. and collided with a northbound car. Just before the crash, Kirkland police received a 911 call from a witness who was following Hudson’s van, concerned that the driver was impaired, police said.
The emergency dispatch center was still on the line with the caller when the collision occurred.
Parsons was killed and the three other occupants of the car, Arthur Kamm, Jenny Grieshaber and Daniel J. Grieshaber, were critically injured, police and prosecutors said. During today’s sentencing hearing, a video tribute to Parsons was played in the courtroom.
Hudson was the second person to be charged in King County since increased sentence ranges for vehicular-homicide DUI went into effect in June 2012. Under the new law, the standard-range sentence increased from 31-41 months to 78-102 months, making it equal to the range for first-degree manslaughter.
November 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM
The Associated Press
New figures from the Washington State Patrol show that more drivers have tested positive for marijuana since the state legalized the drug last year.
In the first six months of 2013, the patrol’s crime lab says, 745 people tested positive for marijuana. Typically there are about 1,000 positive pot tests on drivers in a full year.
Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s been a rash of people driving high. He says troopers are looking harder for drivers operating under the influence of pot, and they might be ordering more marijuana blood tests.
Of the 745 people who tested positive for marijuana in the first half of this year, the State Patrol says a majority tested above the legal limit of 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. The exact number was 420.
Just as state law limits drivers to a .08 blood alcohol content, it limits them to 5 nanograms of THC, marijuana’s active ingredient. Specially trained drug-recognition experts, or “DREs,” are often called to traffic stops to determine whether drivers are impaired.
November 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM
UPDATED: 9:40 p.m. Corrects earlier information from the Washington State Patrol
The driver of a pick-up truck is in custody for vehicular assault after the truck rolled off the Interstate 5 freeway onto South 288th Street in Federal Way, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.
The driver and a passenger were found conscious and alert after the crash, which occurred at about 7:40 p.m. on the southbound lane of I-5, Webb said in a series of dispatches on the social media site Twitter.
Webb initially said the driver was in custody for driving under the influence. He also said the driver fled the scene, leaving two passengers trapped in the car before being taken into custody.
But, later, he said, “It appears the driver attempted to deceive officers at the scene by telling them another person was driving.”
Webb said South 288th Street was expected to be closed in whole or part for several hours. The closures may also affected I-5 southbound lanes, he said.
The truck had previously been reported as driving unsafely, according to Webb.
November 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ORCHARD — A Port Orchard man who was arrested for a 13th time on suspicion of drunken driving was charged Thursday in Kitsap County District Court with felony DUI and attempting to elude police.
The Kitsap Sun reports Charles Thomas Sorensen is jailed with bail set at $1 million after Deputy Prosecutor Lael Carlson called him an extreme danger to the community.
The Washington State Patrol says he had an open beer and vodka bottle in his truck when he was stopped Wednesday night after crashing in a ditch.
October 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM
The Associated Press
POULSBO — Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Barbara O. Dennis was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a rear-end collision Wednesday in Poulsbo.
The Washington State Patrol says Dennis was booked into the Kitsap County Jail. She posted bail and was released.
Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge has referred the case to Pierce County to avoid any conflict of interest.
The Kitsap Sun reports Dennis was previously charged with drunken driving in 2007. The charged was reduced to negligent driving and Dennis complied with court-ordered conditions.
October 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Reggie Rogers, a former University of Washington football All-American, was charged this week with domestic violence/assault.
Seattle police say they were called to Rogers’ home on 15th Avenue South on Monday by his wife, who reported that Rogers had hit her.
Rogers’ wife said she was awoken by her husband who was yelling at a television, according to a police report. When she went to check on him, he accused her of “trying to kill him by asking him to stop drinking alcohol,” the report says.
October 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM
A man who was on probation for a DUI conviction in March when his pickup struck four people in a Wedgwood crosswalk, killing two, pleaded guilty this morning to multiple charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide/DUI.
Mark W. Mullan, 51, also pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular assault/DUI and violating the state’s interlock law. He teared up as he faced a judge in King County Superior Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15. He faces about 18 years in prison.
A pickup driven by Mullan crashed into the Schulte family in a Wedgwood crosswalk March 25, while they were out for a walk. Dennis and Judy Schulte were struck, along with their daughter-in-law, Karina Ulriksen Schulte, and her infant son, Elias.
Dennis and Judy Schulte were killed, and Ulriksen Schulte and her son were badly injured.
Mullan smelled of alcohol, failed field sobriety tests and had a preliminary breath-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to Seattle police.
Mullan was on probation after a DUI conviction, under the supervision of the Seattle Municipal Court Probation Department. He had a suspended license and wasn’t supposed to be driving without an interlock device.
The victims’ family has filed $45 million in claims against the city of Seattle for failing to supervise Mullan. Filing a claim is the first step toward suing the city for damages, if the family doesn’t settle a claim with the city outside of court.
According to the claims, filed in August, “The city of Seattle failed to properly monitor and supervise Mr. Mullan, and as a result, he was allowed to violate the terms of his probation, go untreated and drive his vehicle without an interlock device while intoxicated.”
The claims include damages for physical, mental and emotional injuries, plus medical expenses and wage losses for Ulriksen Schulte and her son, the estates of Dennis and Judy Schulte, Ulriksen Schulte’s husband, Dan Schulte, and his sister, Marilyn Schulte.
After this morning’s sentencing hearing, Dan Schulte said the past 6 1/2 months have been a “roller coaster” fror his family. He said he was relieved by plea deal. He said his wife is in a rehabilitation facility and will soon come home.
“She has a long road ahead,” he said.
His son, Elias, has been home for some time.
September 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM
A 28-year-old Mount Vernon woman died this morning in a single-car accident in which police say excessive speed and alcohol likely played a role.
Washington State Patrol says the woman, whose name has not been released to the public, was driving north on Interstate 5 shortly before 3 a.m. this morning when she took the off-ramp to 172nd Drive Northeast at a high rate of speed.
The woman’s 1997 Acura drifted off the roadway, struck a sign and rolled over, police said.
Though the woman was wearing a seatbelt, she was killed in the crash, according to the WSP.
September 18, 2013 at 8:54 PM
A 38-year-old Mountlake Terrace man with a suspended license was arrested on suspicion of a DUI hit-and-run on Interstate 5 tonight, the State Patrol reported.
The man crashed his green Ford sedan into a Toyota near Denny Way and continued southbound on I-5, according to tweets from State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb. Then, the driver plowed into the back of a Honda Accord, and the Honda caught fire, Webb said. The man was arrested and taken to Harborview with minor injuries, while the driver of the Honda did not appear to be injured, Webb said.
The collision blocked three southbound lanes of the interstate.
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