Topic: State Patrol
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October 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM
UPDATE 9:10 a.m.:
Things are improving for commuters heading in Seattle on southbound I-5.
The commute, which had been more than 100 minutes at one point this morning, is down to just over an hour, according to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The average morning commute time from Lynnwood to Seattle on I-5 south is 43 minutes.
Brace yourself. The morning commute’s been ugly.
Motorists heading south from Lynnwood to Seattle on Interstate 5 should expect it to take them more than 100 minutes, yes, more than an hour and a half.
There’s no real reason for the delay, other than a small crash on I-5 near Yesler earlier this morning. Oh, yeah, there’s that.
Although the accident was cleared by 8 a.m., it caused a 16-mile backup on southbound I-5, said Bart Treece, WSDOT spokesman.
A spokesman for the State Patrol said nobody was hurt in the I-5 crash.
Treece was working on pulling the average travel time from Lynnwood to Seattle during the morning commute.
October 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM
A man was arrested in Snohomish County early this morning after a police chase with speeds topping 100 mph.
According to the State Patrol, troopers noticed a black Lexus sedan on Interstate 5 South, near Smokey Point, around 11:30. p.m. weaving through traffic. When they ran the license plate they realized the car had been stolen, said Trooper Mark Francis.
Troopers tried to stop the car but the vehicle took off, hitting speeds nearing 105 miles per hour, Francis said. The pursuit went south to the Everett Mall, onto some surface streets near the mall, then back north on the freeway. The Lexus got off the freeway in Marysville and drove through construction barricades blocking Highway 529, no one was hurt. Along the way troopers tried to stop the car with a PIT maneuver and spike strips, but were unsuccessful, Francis said.
Once back in Everett, the car stopped and the people inside took off. Francis said troopers brought in a police dog to track them down.
According to KOMO-TV at least one person has been arrested. Francis was unable to confirm any arrests, saying the case had been taken over by Everett police. A spokesman for the Everett Police Department could not be reached this morning.
September 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM
A Woodinville man who reportedly told authorities he was high on methamphetamine and heroin when he crashed into a 22-year-old Federal Way man’s car on Interstate 405 last week, killing him, has been charged in King County Superior Court.
Samuel C. Sampson was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving. Sampson, 27, remains at the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. If convicted, he faces nearly 11 years in prison.
According to charges: Sampson was weaving through traffic in his wife’s Audi RS4, hitting speeds nearing 120 mph that night. A relative of Sampson’s wife told The Times that the couple had been arguing and that she forced her way into the car to go with him. Sampson told the State Patrol that he had unbuckled his wife’s seatbelt while he was driving.
Sampson plowed into the back of Ian Beckford’s car, causing the BMW to catch on fire. Authorities said Beckford died while trapped inside.
Two other vehicles were struck in the chaos. None of the occupants was seriously hurt, authorities said.
Beckford was driving home from a day of swimming, water-skiing and enjoying the sunshine at Lake Sammamish when he was killed.
Sampson told investigators that he had injected methamphetamine for the first time before the crash and had also used heroin, charges said. Toxicology test results have not been released.
May 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM
A 58-year-old Lynnwood man was killed Friday afternoon at about 4:30 at the scene on State Route 9, just south of Mount Vernon, when his 2004 Kia Rio crossed the highway onto the opposing southbound lane and struck a 1996 Kenworth tractor, the Washington State Patrol reported.
The 42-year-old man driving the tractor was injured and taken to Skagit Valley Hospital. The hospital said he had been released.
The patrol said that in the collision, the tractor then pushed the Kia onto a 1998 Lincoln Navigator driven by a 35-year-old woman, who was not injured.
The drivers of the tractor and Lincoln were wearing seat belts, but the deceased driver was not, said the patrol.
The accident is under investigation.
April 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM
The State Patrol is investigating allegations that a WSP crime-lab manager in Eastern Washington mishandled case files, claiming to have completed laboratory case work that was not actually done.
WSP officials have found at least five cases in which it appears that the former manager of the agency’s crime lab in Cheney filed false information, according to WSP spokesman Robert Calkins.
The manager resigned after the allegations came to light in January.
Calkins said there is no indication that the mishandled information led to any wrongful convictions. He also said the actions by the former manager “are violations of internal policies . . . we haven’t see anything to that that was obviously criminal.”
The lab in Cheney is one of several the agency operates across the state and typically works on cases that arise in Eastern Washington. The labs serve numerous criminal-investigative agencies, including local police departments.
Calkins said it’s not clear what the manager had to gain from filing false reports. If criminal activity is uncovered, the case will be referred to the agency’s criminal detectives, he said.
March 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM
An off-duty Seattle police sergeant apparently caused a multiple-vehicle crash near Monroe early this morning, according to the State Patrol.
The 65-year-old officer failed to stop for traffic that had stopped for construction on Highway 522 at the Snohomish River Bridge around 1 a.m. and struck a Dodge pickup and a Volkswagen Jetta. The officer’s Ford Ranger pickup wound up in a ditch, according to a State Patrol news release.
The officer was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, possibly with a broken femur, according to the State Patrol. KIRO-TV reports the sergeant was apparently on his way home from work when he fell asleep at the wheel.
Susan Gregg, Harborview spokeswoman, said the man is in satisfactory condition.
The other two drivers were not hurt.
Trooper Brandon Lee, a spokesman for the State Patrol, said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved.
Seattle police declined to comment on the officer other than to say he was off-duty.
March 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM
A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was thrown from a car driven by his uncle, who was allegedly drunk and high on marijuana, The News Tribune of Tacoma is reporting.
“This is heartbreaking,” State Patrol trooper Guy Gill tells the newspaper. The driver’s alcohol level “was well over two times the legal limit.”
The crash happened about 1:30 this morning as the driver, a 26-year-old Gig Harbor man, was driving west on state Highway 16 at the Purdy Drive exit to state Highway 302 north of Gig Harbor. The man lost control and flipped a 1990 Acura Integra, throwing both him and his 9-year-old nephew from the car, The News Tribune reports.
A woman in the backseat who was wearing her seat belt and a 9-year-old girl were not injured.
The driver admitted to drinking “too much” and using marijuana before getting behind the wheel, according to the State Patrol. Marijuana was also found inside the car.
The woman in the backseat and the driver’s nephew were allegedly screaming at him to slow down, Gill said. The driver reportedly took the children from their home with their mother’s permission, he said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault, a charge that could be upgraded to vehicular homicide if the boy dies.
March 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Added DUI patrols will hit the streets this weekend in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties looking for drivers who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little too much.
St. Patrick’s Day is officially on Sunday, but the added patrols will be in effect tomorrow through Sunday.
Employees from the state Liquor Control Board also will visit bars and taverns to educate employees about the extra DUI patrols and responsible service. Officers will hand out “Click 2 Ride” cards with information about taxi services that bars can share with patrons.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the added DUI patrols include police from Arlington, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Granite Falls, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Newcastle, North Bend, the Port of Seattle, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, Tulalip Tribal, University Place, and Woodinville.
Also participating are the Snohomish and Pierce county sheriff’s offices, Liquor Control Board and the State Patrol.
January 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM
A woman described by police as suicidal was arrested last night for investigation of DUI after she crashed her car in Snoqualmie, according to Issaquah police.
Police responded to a business in the 22500 block of Southeast 64th Place in Issaquah just after 7:30 p.m. after the 31-year-old woman made suicidal threats to her therapist. When officers tried to talk to the woman she refused to cooperate and drove off recklessly east on Interstate 90, police said.
The woman struck a guardrail as she exited I-90 in Snoqualmie and her car ended up in a wooded area, police said.
The woman was arrested for investigation of DUI by the State Patrol. Issaquah police will also seek charges of reckless driving and failure to obey a police officer.
December 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM
The man who was shot Sunday after he allegedly tried to run down a State Patrol trooper with his car was released today from Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
The 50-year-old Federal Way man will be now booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of attempting to elude and second-degree assault, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was shot after a high-speed chase ended in a north Snohomish County parking lot.
The chase started around 6:30 a.m. when a trooper saw a blue Ford pickup driving recklessly on northbound Interstate 5 in South Everett, the Sheriff’s Office said. Troopers pursued the truck at speeds reaching 90 mph. Troopers deployed a spike strip near the 88th Street exit in Marysville, which damaged a tire.
The pickup got off the freeway in Smokey Point, heading east on state Highway 531. The driver then headed south on Highway 9, until he pulled into a Shell gas station at 164th Street Southeast.
The man was about to to assault troopers with his truck when a trooper shot him at about 7 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said.
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