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December 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM
A King County District Court judge set bail at $250,000 Monday for a 25-year-old South Seattle man accused of stealing a car and crashing it into another vehicle on Thanksgiving Day, injuring three children.
Judge Arthur Chapman agreed to the state’s bail request, finding that Abdinjib Ibraham is a danger to the community and is likely to commit a violent offense if released.
Probable cause was found on Saturday to hold Ibraham on investigation of robbery, but the King County Prosecutor’s Office also plans to add three counts of vehicular assault and one count of eluding police to the charges, along with a firearms charge, Deputy Prosecutor Allison Bannerman told the judge. One child suffered a broken nose, a second child suffered a broken femur and the third child suffered a broken pelvis in the crash, Bannerman said.
Just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the owner of a white Infiniti G35 left his car running to warm it up while he went to order a cup of tea from a restaurant near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Ibraham. The owner apparently confronted Ibraham, who brandished a firearm at the other man before taking off north on Rainier Avenue South, the statement says.
After receiving the 911 report of a stolen vehicle, a Seattle police officer pulled behind the Infiniti and attempted to stop it, but Ibraham allegedly turned east on South Grand Street and slammed into a purple Chevrolet Monte Carlo that had been driving south on 23rd Avenue South, the statement says. The Monte Carlo rolled onto its side from the impact. Ibraham was seated in the driver’s seat of the Infiniti when he was arrested by police, according to the statement.
Police found a semi-automatic handgun on the floor of the car, the statement says.
Bannerman said in court Monday that Ibraham is barred from possessing a firearm due to his criminal history. Prosecutors plan to rush-file charges against him, she said.
December 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM
A suspected drug dealer was arrested last night after he rammed a patrol car, injuring an officer, Seattle police said.
Police, posing as drug buyers, arranged by phone to meet with the suspect to purchase an ounce of methamphetamine for $1,100, according to police. When the suspect pulled into a parking lot near the Northgate Mall for the prearranged purchase, officers drove up to arrest the man, police said.
The suspect twice rammed his 2003 Mercedes-Benz into a patrol car, but was pinned in by other cars, police said. An officer suffered a minor injury when the car was rammed, according to police.
The suspect, 41, was booked into the King County Jail on drug, eluding and vehicular assault charges. A search of the man’s car turned up methamphetamine and $500 cash, police said.
November 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM
A 19-year-old man was arrested last night following a two-car collision in Greenwood that left another teen with life-threatening injuries, Seattle police said.
A BMW SUV driven by the suspect was heading north on Third Avenue Northwest just before 11 p.m. when it collided with a Subaru wagon at Northwest 90th Street.
A 17-year-old passenger in the Subaru was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said. Two adults in the Subaru suffered minor injuries and were also hospitalized.
Officers determined the driver of the BMW was under the influence of drugs, police said. He was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault.
October 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM
A Seattle man entered an Alford plea this morning to one count of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault for a fatal crash that killed two people on Lake City Way Northeast in November 2011.
In an Alford plea, a defendant concedes there is sufficient evidence to support a conviction, but they are not directly acknowledging guilt.
Daniel Ray Habeeb was also found not guilty by reason of insanity for the second death in the crash.
He was then sentenced to 48 months in prison for vehicular homicide and 17 months for vehicular assault. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Habeeb was driving his Ford Explorer with two passengers — his 10-year-old daughter and the girl’s 11-year-old friend — on Nov. 13, 2011, when he struck a Hyundai driven by Kristopher Martin, 33, on Lake City Way Northeast, authorities said. The Hyundai burst into flames and Martin and his girlfriend, Laura Sheard, 26, died at the scene.
Habeeb was driving his daughter and her friend to his condominium when they became worried because he was driving so fast, according to the charges. The older girl told police that Habeeb appeared “stiff,” like he was bracing for a crash, charges said.
Authorities said that Habeeb was driving between 70 and 90 mph just before the crash.
Habeeb had earlier been convicted causing a Jan. 30, 2009, fatal car crash while suffering a previously undiagnosed psychotic episode. Prosecutors said he had stopped taking his medications before he the November 2011 crash.
In the earlier crash, Habeeb struck another car near Interbay, killing the driver, Susan Peek, 65. After that crash Habeeb entered psychiatric treatment and told therapists that “voices told him to speed,” prosecutors said.
In court this morning, a defense attorney said Habeeb suffers from temporal lobe epilepsy and not psychosis.
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 9:41 AM
The Woodinville man accused of causing a fatal crash on Interstate 405 after using drugs and racing at speeds up to 150 mph pleaded not guilty this morning during his arraignment in King County Superior Court.
Samuel C. Sampson is charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in connection with the Sept. 12 crash in Bellevue that killed a 22-year-old man. Sampson, 27, remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
In the statement of probable cause that outlines the state’s case, prosecutors say Sampson was driving his wife’s Audi RS4 on I-405 around 10 p.m. Thursday when he struck Riley Beckford’s BMW, which burst into flames.
King County prosecutors said Sampson told police after the collision that he had been “bored, I guess,” when he was racing, swerving and “going really fast” on the freeway. He said he had used methamphetamines, heroin and methadone in the days and hours leading up to the fatal crash, according to the probable-cause statement.
A spokeswoman for the family of Sampson’s wife, who did not want to be named, said that the couple had gotten into a fight at their Woodinville condo earlier that day and that Sampson tore up the condo and tried to choke his wife.
Sampson allegedly told his wife he was taking her car and she ran out and got in the car to stop him, the family spokeswoman said. She said the fight continued in the car and Sampson attempted to push her out of the car onto the interstate.
Court documents say the wife told police that Sampson made her unbuckle her seat belt before the collision.
Sampson’s wife and a passenger in one of two other vehicles that were involved in the collision suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Sampson moved here from New York in May.
June 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM
Seattle Police say they arrested a woman after she drove through a stop sign, smashed into a car and ran from the scene early Sunday morning in West Seattle.
The driver, whose name was not released, faces charges of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.
Police say she was driving a van north on 17th Avenue Southwest when she ignored a stop sign at Southwest Cambridge Street and hit a small, west-bound car with two people inside. The van reportedly pushed the car through the intersection, up a sidewalk and into a fence, crushing the driver’s side. Both of the car’s occupants suffered critical injuries and were taken to an area hospital, police say.
The driver of the van, along with three passengers, ran from the scene west across Delridge Way but were caught by responding officers, according to police.
March 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM
A Seattle man with multiple arrests for driving under the influence was charged today with two counts of vehicular homicide in connection with Monday’s crash in Wedgwood that killed two pedestrians and injured two others.
Mark W. Mullan, 50, was also charged with two counts of vehicular assault and one count of reckless driving. He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2.5 million bail. His arraignment is scheduled for April 11.
Mullan faces a sentence range of 15 to 19 ½ years in prison if he’s convicted as charged.
Seattle police say Mullan drove his black 2012 Chevrolet Silverado quad cab into a family on an afternoon walk, killing Judy and Dennis Schulte of Kokomo, Ind., and injuring their daughter-in-law and grandson. Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, 34, and her 13-day-old son, Elias, are in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.
Charging documents say the walk was Ulriksen-Schulte’s first outing since giving birth on March 10. She was carrying Elias in sling carrier and crossing Northeast 75th Street with her in-laws when she saw Mullan’s pickup approaching, the documents say. She tried to help her in-laws out of the way when they were struck about 11 to 12 feet from the curb, the documents allege.
According to the charges, Ulriksen-Schulte developed blood clots as a result of her injury and has suffered a stroke that has led to brain damage. Both mother and son are in a coma, the charges say.
Court documents indicate that Mullan — who was driving on a suspended license — 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.
Mullan told officers at the scene that he had had one drink earlier and that he hadn’t seen the pedestrians because the sun was in his eyes, charges allege. He told police he didn’t apply his brakes until he “felt the bump” of striking the pedestrians. Police say he was driving 30 to 40 mph in a zone with a posted 30 mph speed limit.
Mullan has been arrested at least five times in Washington for driving under the influence. Three were in the early 1990s — two in Puyallup in 1990 and 1991, and one in 1994 in King County.
In the past six months, however, he’s been arrested on suspicion of DUI twice.
“In the blink of an eye, a family was destroyed by the decision we allege that this defendant made to drink and drive,” King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a news release. “It is a senseless loss and a tragic reminder that our society has a long way to go to eliminate the danger posed by impaired drivers.”
Funds for the victims have been set up at HomeStreet Bank’s Wedgwood branch:
- Karina and Elias Ulriksen-Schulte Medical Fund, account no.: 5322733430; routing no.: 325084426;
- Dennis and Judy Schulte Memorial Fund, account no.: 5388871396; routing no.: 325084426.
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.
February 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM
A Seattle parking enforcement officer (PEO) was not injured when she was struck this afternoon by a hit-and-run driver, police said.
The female PEO was struck just after 12:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of University Way Northeast. Police said the victim was on duty when the driver of a white Ford SUV struck her with the vehicle’s side mirror. The driver fled without stopping, according to police.
The PEO declined medical attention, police said.
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