Monday, March 22, 2010

Investigators say drunken driver caused fatal I-5 crash


Investigators say a crash that killed a man on Interstate 5 in Everett early Monday was caused by a drunken driver.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary said a man driving a pickup truck in the southbound lanes of the freeway drifted out of his lane about 2:30 a.m. and slammed into an empty flatbed truck that was parked on the shoulder of the highway.

The passenger in the pickup truck died at the scene, and the driver was taken to Providence Colby Hospital.

Leary said the driver was believed to be drunk at the time of the crash, and investigators found several open beer containers in the wrecked truck.

No one was inside the flatbed truck that was hit.

Troopers shut down two of the southbound lanes of I-5 at the crash scene near the Everett Mall for several hours while they collected evidence and worked to clear the vehicles.

Leary said the crash was one of 60 suspected drunken driving cases troopers dealt with over the weekend.

"This is why we're out here every single day, to get these folks out and off the road so something like this doesn't happen," he said.

The driver was expected to be booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide when he is released from the hospital.

The name of the man who was killed has not been released.

Federal Way police officer dies following incident with stolen vehicle


From the Federal Way Police Department:

At 1:15 a.m. March 21, Federal Way police were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle located in the 33300 Block of 26th Avenue SW in Federal Way. The vehicle was described as a dark colored Lincoln SUV with two persons sleeping in the back. The vehicle was backed up against an unoccupied residence.

Federal Way police officers responded to the area of the vehicle. Once officers were on-scene, it was determined the vehicle was reported as stolen by the King County Sheriff’s Office. As the officers approached, applied vehicle stopping devices, and initiated verbal commands, the driver of the vehicle started the engine and began to flee against the verbal commands of officers. As the vehicle left the area, it struck/rammed three Federal Way marked patrol vehicles. Two Federal Way police officers fired their weapons at the driver and the vehicle.

The vehicle was subsequently found nearby. The driver was found hiding in a carport area of a residence and was taken into custody without incident by Federal Way police officers. The suspect driver is a 17-year-old Hispanic male with an extensive criminal history and is a convicted felon. The suspect suffered a non-life threatening bullet wound to his arm and was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. There is currently one suspect occupant from the stolen vehicle at large.

The two Federal Way Police Officers who discharged their weapons were not injured. They have been placed on paid administrative leave (standard procedure) pending the outcome of an investigation.

While this officer Involved shooting incident was being investigated, Federal Way police officers maintained a perimeter around the crime scene. At approximately 6:45 a.m., one of the perimeter officers was found collapsed in his patrol vehicle.

Federal Way police officers initiated CPR, which continued with the arrival of the King County Medic One unit. Officers and medics were unable to revive the officer and he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:21 a.m. Saturday. The cause of death is unknown at this time and the officer's name has not been released. An autopsy is scheduled for March 22. The officer was 35 years old and had been with the Federal Way police for four and a half years. He is survived by his wife, two children and extended family. The couple had a third child due in May.

Stay tuned for an updated report as more information becomes available.