Issaquah Police Department joins holiday DUI patrols

November 20, 2012

Issaquah police officers plan to join a national push to pull drunken drivers from local roads during the holiday season.

The agency is joining other police departments in King County, Washington and across the United States from Nov. 21 through Jan. 1 in Washington’s initial participation in a national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

During the most recent DUI crackdown statewide, officers arrested 1,603 motorists for DUI from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. The total includes 364 motorists arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in King County.

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Officers bust 1,603 motorists for DUI during crackdown

October 2, 2012

Officers from the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the state arrested 1,603 motorists for driving under the influence during the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3.

In King County, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 364 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In the same period last year, King County officers arrested 452 people for DUI. Statewide, officers arrested 1,824 motorists during the 2011 patrols.

Besides the Issaquah Police Department, the campaign included officers from the Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Renton police departments, in addition to the Washington State Patrol.

The funding for extra patrols originated as a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Officers bust 1,603 motorists for DUI during Drive Hammered, Get Nailed

September 17, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 17, 2012

Officers from the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the state arrested 1,603 motorists for driving under the influence during the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3.

In King County, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 364 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In the same period last year, King County officers arrested 452 people for DUI. Statewide, officers arrested 1,824 motorists during the 2011 patrols.

Besides the Issaquah Police Department, the campaign included officers from the Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Renton police departments, in addition to the Washington State Patrol.

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Man with children in vehicle arrested under revised DUI law

August 28, 2012

The state patrol arrested a 32-year-old Issaquah man under the state’s revised driving under the influence law Aug. 19 — 18 days after the beefed-up law took effect.

The arrest marked the initial known use of revised rules for mandatory blood draws on felony DUI arrests in King County. The driver, Wiyual Rut, also faces enhanced penalties for having three children younger than 3 in the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Prosecutors later charged Rut with felony DUI, with notice of three child enhancements. The enhancement adds 12 months to the felony DUI sentence for each child.

Investigators said a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped a black Nissan Pathfinder on eastbound Interstate 90 for lane travel violations just before midnight.

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Issaquah Police Department, other agencies continue DUI crackdown

August 28, 2012

Issaquah police officers continue to target drunken drivers as summer heads into the Labor Day weekend.

The agency is participating in the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign through Sept. 3.

During the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign last year, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 452 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in King County, and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,824 drivers for DUI.

Besides the Issaquah Police Department, the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign includes the nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Renton police departments, in addition to the Washington State Patrol.

Issaquah man with young children in vehicle arrested under revised DUI law

August 23, 2012

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Aug. 23, 2012

The state patrol arrested a 32-year-old Issaquah man under the state’s revised driving under the influence law Sunday, 18 days after the beefed-up law took effect.

The arrest marks the initial known use of revised rules for mandatory blood draws on felony DUI arrests in King County. The driver, Wiyual Rut, also faces enhanced penalties for having three children younger than 3 in the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Prosecutors later charged Rut with felony DUI, with notice of three child enhancements. The enhancement adds 12 months to the felony DUI sentence for each child.

Investigators said a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped a black Nissan Pathfinder on eastbound Interstate 90 for lane travel violations just before midnight. The trooper arrested the motorist for DUI. Rut then underwent a special evidence blood draw.

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Issaquah Police Department joins regional DUI crackdown

August 14, 2012

Issaquah police officers plan to join a regional push to pull drunken drivers from local roads in the run-up to Labor Day.

The agency is joining other police departments in King County, Washington and across the United States from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3 in the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.

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Troopers urge traffic safety for recent graduates

June 26, 2012

Graduation at Issaquah School District high schools and elsewhere prompted the Washington State Patrol to remind teenagers to celebrate graduation safely.

Troopers urged parents to talk to teenagers about the perils of distracted driving and driving under the influence.

“I have seen my share of fatal collisions involving kids who just graduated from high school and were celebrating with their friends,” state patrol Lt. Kandi Patrick said in a statement.

In recent years, more than 1,000 fatal collisions in Washington involved drivers between the ages of 16 and 25. Police said vehicle drivers and passengers made up more than 90 percent of deaths, and 61 percent were the vehicle driver.

Statewide, more than 20 percent of deaths involving young drivers occurred in July or August between 6 p.m. on a Friday and 5:59 a.m. on a Monday. Speeding ranked as the No. 1 factor in the fatal accidents, followed by drug and alcohol impairment, and distracted driving.

Under state law, police can arrest a minor for driving under the influence if he or she has a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent. The legal limit for adults 21 and older is 0.08 percent.

Police offer safety message to teenagers as graduation approaches

June 7, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2012

The approach of graduation at Issaquah School District high schools and elsewhere prompted the Washington State Patrol to remind teenagers to celebrate graduation safely.

Troopers urged parents to talk to teenagers about the perils of distracted driving and driving under the influence.

“I have seen my share of fatal collisions involving kids who just graduated from high school and were celebrating with their friends,” Lt. Kandi Patrick said.

In recent years, more than 1,000 fatal collisions in Washington involved drivers between the ages of 16 and 25. Police said vehicle drivers and passengers encompassed more than 90 percent of deaths, and 61 percent encompassed the vehicle driver.

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Off the Press

May 8, 2012

Friends care enough to say don’t drink and drive

Greg Farrar Press photographer

You young people who are now high school seniors were newborn babies when I started working here at The Press, so there’s obviously the implication that I’ve taken pictures of a lot of you throughout your 12 years of classroom activities here in the Issaquah School District.

You might remember those times, and in fact your parents might have saved the clippings! You’ve been one of the great pleasures of my job.

In just about a month, you’ll be graduating from Skyline, Issaquah, Liberty and Tiger Mountain Community high schools. I expect to see you at Safeco Field or the Tiger Mountain campus for your commencement. Congratulations to all of you!

The important thing is that you all live long and happy lives afterward, so if you’ll read along for a minute, I’d like to talk about that Liberty High School DUI demonstration that ran in the paper last week.

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