Motorcyclist tumbles off I-90 overpass while eluding police

August 12, 2014

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Highlands Drive exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below.

A Washington State Patrol trooper clocked two motorcycles over the speed limit heading eastbound on I-90 and initiated a traffic stop, according to Trooper Karim Boukabou.

“A trooper was working general traffic and saw the two motorcycles accelerate at a big rate,” he said. “They were going about 22 miles over the speed limit.”

By Greg Farrar Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

By Greg Farrar
Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

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Name of motorcyclist who tumbled off I-90 overpass is released

August 7, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 7, 2014

A motorcyclist who suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Issaquah Highlands exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below has been identified as 22-year-old Jeffrey Kimmel, of Newcastle.

Two motorcyclists were eluding a state trooper when they exited eastbound I-90 onto the Highlands Drive Northeast exit, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Kimmel, riding a yellow Ducati 749, failed to negotiate the ramp’s severe turn, launching both himself and his motorcycle off the overpass.

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Public marijuana, open pot container laws could come to Issaquah

June 17, 2014

Sure, marijuana is legal now, but not for everyone at all times.

The Issaquah City Council Services & Safety Committee took steps in giving the Issaquah Police Department tools to enforce restrictions to recreational marijuana use June 2. The drug still remains illegal in many circumstances.

“We’d be adopting the state law that says it’s illegal to consume marijuana in view of the general public,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said about possible council action.

The same state law regulates the age of consumption to 21 and older, as well as criminalizes driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Move left for stopped emergency vehicles

May 20, 2014

The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers that state law requires them to slow down, and move left if safe, when passing emergency vehicles stopped beside the roadway.

Emergency vehicles include police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles with emergency lights activated.

The law went into effect in 2011, after a series of incidents involving not only police cars, but other emergency vehicles, and the death of a tow truck driver.

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Trooper tales

April 8, 2014

Book details a life in the Washington State Patrol

If Jack Webb was ever to jump off the silver screen of “Dragnet” and plop down in front of an old Selectric typewriter to chronicle his adventures into a memoir, it might look and sound a lot like what’s in the pages of John Young’s “Super Trooper.”

By Greg Farrar John Young holds a plaque that recognizes his graduation from the 150th session of the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement officers nationwide. Framed on the wall is a shoulder patch from every state patrol in the country.

By Greg Farrar
John Young holds a plaque that recognizes his graduation from the 150th session of the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement officers nationwide. Framed on the wall is a shoulder patch from every state patrol in the country.

After nearly 30 years within the ranks of the Washington State Patrol, the 74-year-old Olympia native, now living in the Issaquah Highlands, found himself sharing tales of his exploits from the earlier years on the force at family or friendly gatherings. Such as this anecdote:

“The only other time I was truly scared, I thought I had stopped Patty Hearst and her crew,” he said in a recent interview, recalling the newspaper heiress who was kidnapped and eventually joined her captors in a bank heist.

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Roundabout fail

April 1, 2014

By Peter Clark A log truck overturned on the roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 43rd Way March 27, spilling its load across the road. At least three cars were hit, but there were no serious injuries reported. Issaquah Police and Washington State Patrol officers responded to the scene, closing off the north entrance to clean up the roadway.

By Peter Clark
A log truck overturned on the roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 43rd Way March 27, spilling its load across the road. At least three cars were hit, but there were no serious injuries reported. Issaquah Police and Washington State Patrol officers responded to the scene, closing off the north entrance to clean up the roadway.

State Patrol hosts law enforcement camp

March 11, 2014

High-school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement will have an opportunity to spend a week this summer learning about roles and job opportunities within the profession.

Applications are being accepted for the 37th annual Washington State – Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp, held July 20-26 at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton.

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Wrong-way, head-on collision injures two

February 25, 2014

Two men were injured in an early morning head-on collision on Interstate 90 Feb. 23.

The Washington State Patrol said a 2002 Volkswagen Passat was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the highway, when a 2006 Lincoln Town Car struck it head on.

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I-5 Challenge nets zero holiday traffic fatalities

December 10, 2013

Motorists in Washington met the Thanksgiving Weekend I-5 Challenge to “arrive alive” with no traffic fatalities on Interstate 5 during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Not only did the Washington State Patrol have extra troopers out on I-5, there were extra troopers out statewide. Preliminary data shows the trooper’s efforts statewide were:

  • 268 drivers arrested for DUI
  • 8,082 drivers stopped for speeding
  • 478 drivers stopped for seat belt violations

The Oregon State Patrol also reported zero fatalities on I-5 and California Highway Patrol reported just one fatality during the challenge.

State law enforcement officers from San Diego, Calif., through Oregon, and up to Bellingham, used a mix of education outreach and enforcement to get voluntary compliance of traffic laws. The Thanksgiving Holiday (6 p.m. Nov. 27 through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1) is one of the busiest travel times of the year on the nation’s highways.

Issaquah woman involved in police chase, fiery crash

November 19, 2013

A 36-year-old Issaquah resident, Kristine L. Espindola, rode shotgun in a high-speed police chase that ended in a fiery crash Nov. 8.

A 47-year-old Bellevue man allegedly led troopers on a chase on Interstate 90 before wrecking his 2013 Porsche Panamera into a building on Mercer Island.

Reports from the Washington State Patrol say Peter E. Kern fled from troopers while speeding in the eastbound express lanes of I-90 at about 11:30 p.m.

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