Troopers arrest motorcyclist for driving more than 100 mph

June 3, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 3:30 p.m. June 3, 2011

Washington State Patrol troopers arrested a man in the Issaquah Highlands on Friday afternoon after he drove more than 100 mph on Interstate 90.

The police activity in the highlands prompted Grand Ridge Elementary School administrators to require all children to be accompanied by adults as school ended for the day. In addition, parents might need to park and walk to the school to pick up children due to road closures related to the activity.

If a parent is unable to reach the school, please call another adult or emergency contact to pick up children. If a parent arrives by car, he or she should go to his or her child’s classroom for pickup.

The school is taking precautions, but is not under lock down.

The activity started after the crew in a state patrol Cessna 206 aircraft monitoring King County traffic noticed the motorcycle on the interstate near Preston. Then, after receiving notification from the aircraft crew, a trooper on the ground in a patrol cruiser pulled behind the motorcycle to attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued on undeterred.

The trooper did not chase the motorcycle driver, but did follow him to the highlands. Meanwhile, the aircraft crew continued to monitor the motorcycle and relayed its location to troopers on the ground.

“Because of the extreme speeds and the maneuvering that he was doing, the trooper did not pursue,” Trooper Julie Startup said.

The motorcycle driver later pulled into a garage at a condominium complex and closed the garage door before troopers arrived. The aircraft crew observed the driver pull into the garage. Startup said the man lives at the condominium complex.

He initially refused to come outside to meet troopers, but he later surrendered to the state patrol, she added.

The police response attracted attention from highlands residents. Troopers remain at the scene, and the motorcycle driver is under investigation for reckless driving and eluding police.

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8 Responses to “Troopers arrest motorcyclist for driving more than 100 mph”

  1. Steve on June 3rd, 2011 3:36 pm

    It is a complete falsehood that this was not a pursuit. I witnessed this incident first-hand when the motorcycle nearly wiped out while being very, very closely pursued by the trooper from the I-90 Highlands exit ramp. I challenge you to obtain the video footage from the trooper’s car to see for yourself. How would it even be possible to catch up and “follow” a speeding motorcycle to see it reach the Highlands?

    I think it’s more likely that the office pursued UNTIL obtaining the license plate details, then discontinued in the interest of safety when the bike went into the Highlands to later make the arrest at the residence of record.

  2. Charis Biesold on June 3rd, 2011 4:43 pm

    I watched them pull two guys out of this apartment. The article says the guy later surrendered to the state patrol but Troopers remain at the scene. After they took the guy, why do they remain at the scene? Why are the residents made to park at the bottom of the hill & walk up? Why is the school on high alert if the guy is in the police cruiser (which he is, they put each guy in a different cruiser) ??
    What part of the story is missing?

  3. Kelly McDonald on June 3rd, 2011 7:49 pm

    As a parent of a child at Grand Ridge Elementary, I am very disappointed at the way the school handled this situation. I received an e-mail that there was a “situation with Issaquah Police” and we were instructed to come and get our children immediately. As the article states, if we weren’t able to come right away, we needed to send our “emergency contact”. I never received a phone call regarding this “incident”. Unfortunately, I was at work and didn’t receive e-mail until about 1 1/2 hours after it had gone out. For obvious reasons, I was very worried and upset. I called the school and was told that they sent out a “mass” recorded-message call to all parents. I received no such message, and neither did a fellow-classmate’s mom who I spoke with. I did, however, receive a call at 5 pm tonight that the “Luau” was still going on tonight as scheduled.

    If there is a “situation” with police and it’s unclear as to what that “situation” is, why is it acceptable to ask that parents come (right into the middle of that “situation”) to pick up our children? My girlfriend walked to the school (with her infant daughter) to pick up her son, and never would have done that had she received a phone call.

    I hope that in the future Grand Ridge can revisit their policies and procedures regarding these types of incidents.

  4. lynne on June 3rd, 2011 11:31 pm

    Consider yourselves lucky. PCMS kids stepped right off the bus in the midst of it. My son walked in and asked what was going on. I work from home and when I ran out, police were everywhere, we could not leave our home, and police had assault team & rifles drawn. I wish they had kept the kids at school.

  5. Kailie graciidis on June 4th, 2011 8:25 pm

    I know personally. he is like a second dad to me. he never meant to put kids at risk. like everyone else in the world, people speed. bill on the other hand has a problem with it and tends to get a lot of tickets. because of all his tickets he has a lot of punishments. i can undertand why he would not want to stop and get another one. everyone who is believeing that he would try to harm your children. around 80 percent of people who are liscensed drivers speed. get over it.

  6. Issaquah Resident on June 4th, 2011 9:48 pm

    why is there only a report on speeding and not the 5-6 hour stake out that the police had by the residence next to the grade school. there were close to a dozen police cars, yellow tape around the area, multiple police on guard, and various other agency representatives. there is no report of the reason for the stakeout. What was the danger that warranted that level of precaution? The residence have a right to know.

  7. Noel on June 6th, 2011 11:56 am

    Are you people kidding…This is over a person that didn’t want to pull over. Once he thought that he had eluded the police he headed home to hide. Granted the person DIDN’T do the right thing but how were your kids in danger. This person didn’t go to the school or park in the middle of the street waiting to battle it out with the police. He went home.
    The police did the right thing in this instance and broke off the chase and silently followed the person to his destination (his home) by plane. By doing this the operator of the vehicle didn’t drive wrecklessly to get away from the police (thinking he had already gotten away).
    Please don’t blow this out of proportion and make this about everything but the incident. The police handled this correctly and kept the public out of harms way.

    Also keep in mind that I am NOT a proponent of the police but I also try to be fair.

    This person should be arrested for running from the police but not as the headline states “Troopers arrest motorcyclist for driving more than 100 mph”, which isn’t why he was arrested.

  8. Charis Biesold on June 8th, 2011 1:20 pm

    Unnamed Issaquah Resident: The yellow tape was because crews are clearing the area behind the apartments. They are using an excavator & a guy is running a chain saw to drop the trees.

    Kailie & Noel: We know the kids were not in danger. The question is, “Why was there a continued stake-out after 2 men came out? And why was there concern for the school after the 2 men were in police custody? And why TWO men in the first place?”
    Nobody above has said they have any questions for him. The questions are for the police.

    I’m having faith that the reporter on this story, Warren, will do an update to fill in the blanks. Or maybe Kailie will, she probably knows some of these answers?

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